Rural Broadband Connectivity and Access to US Government Farm Support
By: Graven, Atticus; Schaefer, K. Aleks
Graven, Atticus; Schaefer, K. Aleks, Rural Broadband Connectivity and Access to US Government Farm Support, Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Volume 48, Issue 3, September 2023, Pages 448-460
The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) was unique in that it was the first US farm support program that allowed producers to enroll through an online portal rather than in person through a local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. This research investigates the extent to which broadband connectivity affected access to US government farm support under CFAP. We find that a 1-percentage-point increase in county-level broadband availability is associated with a $2.13 increase in county payments per capita under CFAP. However, this relationship is inherently nonlinear along the rural--urban divide.