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Master of Science (MS)


Economics and Finance


Donald L. Snyder


The purpose of this paper was two-fold. To examine the hardware and software purchased, training taken, and benefit recieved by farmers recently purchasing micro computers and to demonstrate a systematic approach of evaluating software. Over five hundred farmers that use microcomputers were surveyed on farm size and type, personal and computer system characteristics, and perceived benefit from the computer. Farmers that use computers were found to be younger, have higher incomes and benefit more from their computer systems with time than averages for all farmers. The use of printers and/or modems appeared to be justified for all levels of income. Indicated optimal levels of hardware, software, and weekly use were derived based on past farmer experience. Thirty eight programs were evaluated as to ease of use, programming quality, and developer documentation and support.

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