Agriculture and Human Values

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 67–79 | Cite as

Inequalities in the information age: Farmers' differential adoption and use of four information technologies

  • Eric A. Abbott
  • J. Paul Yarbrough


New communication technologies such as the microcomputer, videotex/teletext systems, the videocassette recorder, and satellite receiving dishes have been available to farmers since the early 1980s. This longitudinal study examines ethical issues associated with the impact that differential patterns of adoption and use of these technologies have had on inequalities among farmers from 1982 to 1989. The results demonstrate a strong adoption and use bias toward larger scale farmers who already have well-developed skills for handling information. This bias is especially strong for microcomputer and videotex/teletext systems, and it isincreasing over time. Although the same farmers are not adopting all communication innovations, there is a strong tendency toward the already information-rich making the most use of the innovations they adopt. The article concludes with several recommendations that would help minimize some of these information inequalities.


Information Technology Longitudinal Study Communication Technology Ethical Issue Veterinary Medicine 
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  • J. Paul Yarbrough

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