Computer use by Ohio commercial farmers

Marvin T. Batte, Eugene Jones, Gary D. Schnitkey

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Although computer technologies have evolved rapidly, farmers have been slow to adopt these technologies. This research identifies factors influencing farmers’ adoption of computers and the number and type of applications for which the computer is used. Ohio commercial farmers were randomly sampled and analyzed using multinomial logit techniques. Results suggest that older farmers are less likely to adopt computers, less likely to find them useful, and make fewer applications of the computer in their business. Education level is positively associated with computer adoption and with increased numbers of applications made of the computer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)935-945
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1990
Externally publishedYes


  • Computer adoption
  • Computer applications
  • Multinomial logit analyses
  • Value of information

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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