Over the 1998 to 2001 period, growth in Internet use among
people living in rural households has been at an average annual
rate of 24 percent, and the percentage of Internet users in
rural areas (53 percent) is now almost even with the national
average (54 percent).
Forty-five percent of the population now uses e-mail, up from
35 percent. About one-third of Americans used the Internet
to search for product and service information (36 percent,
up from 26 percent in 2000).
In 1996, only a few million acres of biotech crops were
planted. For 2001, that number is projected to reach 100 million.
"Surveys of Illinois farmers indicate that 7,000 farmers
have started producing value-enhanced crops since 1998, making
the total number of producers 16,800, and acreage has expanded
per average farmer from 200 acres to 400 acres during that