Broadband services tend to be most unreliable in rural areas of the UK and, as a result, farmers are often forced to struggle with slow connections.
The problems this can cause have been highlighted by the Tenants Farmers Association (TFA), which is concerned about the government's plans to make applying for European subsidies only available online from 2015 onwards, the Western Morning News reports.
TFA chief executive George Dunn said he is happy to encourage the organisation's members to apply for funding over the internet, but warned many farmers may not have a broadband connection good enough to do so.
"Frankly, there are a large number of individuals who will not be able to make the transition and they should not be penalised because of that," he stated.
Farmers who are looking to bring their farms online should consider satellite broadband, which is ideally suited to providing high-speed internet in rural areas.