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Agriculture in Lake County, Michigan

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Agriculture, in its many forms, is a critical industry and economic driver for many communities and regions. Internet-connected technology allows agricultural producers to increase yields, reduce expenditures, and access best practices and information impacting the production of America’s food. However, producers and value-added agricultural industries are generally located in the most rural areas; areas that are most often disconnected from the global economy. For operations fortunate enough to have an internet connection, their use of technology has transformed their operations and allows them to contribute to the economic activity of their communities. The data below show the connectivity and use of technology among agricultural producers in your community compared to those in other communities participating in Connected Nation’s Connected program. These data should be used to make informed decisions and implement solutions for improving connectivity in the community.

Adoption Average Cost Broadband Barriers Communications Download Speed Online Activity Service Satisfaction Applications

Broadband Adoption

This chart shows the percent of agricultural producers that subscribe to various types of broadband services or that are without a connection. Fixed connections are those provided by cable, DSL, fiber, or fixed wireless technology, while Non-Fixed connections include dial-up, satellite, and mobile-only services. These types of internet services, while providing basic access, can often be plagued by connection latency, have costly monthly data plans, or can be impacted by weather, terrain, large expanses of open water, and other environmental factors.

  Fixed   Non-fixed   No connection

Lake County, Michigan Date Range: 11/1/2019 to 8/1/2020, All Communities Date Range: 1/1/2017 to 12/31/2020

Average Monthly Cost of Internet Service

The cost of service can prevent some from being able to access the internet. This chart shows the average reported monthly cost of service among agricultural producers in the community compared to those in other Connected communities.

Lake County, Michigan Date Range: 11/1/2019 to 8/1/2020, All Communities Date Range: 1/1/2017 to 12/31/2020

Barriers to Broadband Adoption

This chart show the primary reason agricultural producers do not or cannot subscribe to broadband. The chart compares agriculture operations in the community to those across other participating communities.

  Don't need it   No computers   Too expensive   Not available   Too complicated   Security risk   The internet is a distraction to staff   Not trained   Other

Lake County, Michigan Date Range: 11/1/2019 to 8/1/2020, All Communities Date Range: 1/1/2017 to 12/31/2020

Digital Communications

Technology coupled with an internet connection provides a myriad of ways to digitally interact with the world or even those in one’s own community. This chart shows the average frequency with which agricultural producers use digital communications tools. Additionally, the chart shows the frequency with which residents in the community report that they digitally interact with entities in the agriculture sector. Examining the digital interaction of residents and the digital communications tools used by agriculture produces can help identify ways to increase the online presence of agriculture producers.

  At least once a day   At least once a week   At least once a month   Less than once a month   Never
How Often Households Go Online to Interact with the Agriculture Sector
  At least once a day   At least once a week   At least once a month   Less than once a month   Never

Lake County, Michigan Date Range: 11/1/2019 to 8/1/2020, All Communities Date Range: 1/1/2017 to 12/31/2020

Download Speed

Connection speeds can have a major impact on how the internet is used. This chart shows the average reported download speed among agricultural producers with a connection in the community compared to those in other Connected communities.

Lake County, Michigan Date Range: 11/1/2019 to 8/1/2020, All Communities Date Range: 1/1/2017 to 12/31/2020

Online Activity

While technology-enabled equipment can help improve efficiency on the farm, there are also a number of ways agricultural producers can use their internet connections to obtain the same result. An internet connection provides unparalleled access to a host of resources and information. This chart shows how frequently agricultural producers conduct various agriculture-related online activities.

  At least once a day   At least once a week   At least once a month   Less than once a month   Never

Lake County, Michigan Date Range: 11/1/2019 to 8/1/2020, All Communities Date Range: 1/1/2017 to 12/31/2020

Operation-Wide Service

Many applications and connected equipment require access to a wireless or Wi-Fi network, often in remote areas. This chart shows the percentage of agricultural producers who say they can access the internet from any place in their operation.

  I can access the internet via the cellular/mobile network only.   Wi-Fi is accessible throughout the main operation buildings and immediate surrounding area.   Wi-Fi is accessible across the entire operation including fields, pastures, and similar remote areas.

Lake County, Michigan Date Range: 11/1/2019 to 8/1/2020, All Communities Date Range: 1/1/2017 to 12/31/2020

Service Satisfaction

Competition provides communities with choices for service, allowing them the ability to switch providers if their current service does not meet their needs. This chart shows the percent of agricultural producers who state that their internet service meets or does not meet their needs, as well as the various reasons why.

  Yes   No
Reasons for Dissatisfaction

Lake County, Michigan Date Range: 11/1/2019 to 8/1/2020, All Communities Date Range: 1/1/2017 to 12/31/2020

Technology Applications

Twenty-first century agriculture operations have many opportunities to use technology to improve efficiency and increase production. Specialty software and connected equipment can help realize these improvements. This chart shows the use and interest in the variety of technology-enabled equipment among agricultural producers.

  Currently Using   'Not Using but Will in 1 Year   Not Using but Will in 2-5 Years   Not Using, No Plans, But Interested   Not Interested

Lake County, Michigan Date Range: 11/1/2019 to 8/1/2020, All Communities Date Range: 1/1/2017 to 12/31/2020