Top issues impacting agriculture
Farmers need to deal with many problems, including how to:
- Cope with climate change, soil erosion and biodiversity loss
- Supplying the growing global demand for commodities arising from developing economies and world population growth
- Satisfy consumers’ changing tastes and expectations
- Meet rising demand for more food of higher quality
- Invest in farm productivity
- Adopt and learn new technologies
- Stay resilient against global economic factors
- Availability and price of land for expansion
- New government mandates and regulations
- Stability, development and fluctuations in global financial markets
- Impact of global trade policies on food security and the supply and demand for commodities
- Development and use of bio-based fuels
- Inspire young people to stay in rural areas and become future farmers
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Government regulations a concern
Farmers were asked to rank the top issues impacting agriculture business, both in the next year and five years out. The number one issue is new government mandates and regulations, with nearly 30 percent of the Ag Connect farmer group ranking it as having the most impact on their business within the next year. Availability and price of land for expansion, and stability, development and fluctuations in global financial markets are tied, with 24 percent of respondents ranking them as the second most impactful issue.
For the Ag Connect farmers’ five-year impact projections, new government mandates and regulations top the list again, with 33 percent ranking it as the most impactful. Nearly 24 percent of respondents rank availability and price of land for expansion as the second most impactful.
Other key findings from the Ag Connect survey:
• Nearly 25 percent of respondents indicate that equipment dealers/experts will be one of the top advisors to influence their decision making, along with their financial advisor and agronomist advisors
• 89 percent anticipate operation growth in the next five years
• Online farm audience shares similar, but not identical concerns
While the Ag Connect survey attracted primarily large farmers — 65 percent report farming more than 5,000 acres, and all have a minimum of 1,000 tillable acres — the CaseIH.com survey attracted more mid-size and smaller-acreage farmers. More than 70 percent of online survey respondents identify themselves as “predominantly cash grain producers” — of which nearly 54 percent farm 1,000 acres or less, and more than 41 percent farm between 1,000 and 5,000 acres.
About 25 percent of CaseIH.com survey respondents rank availability and price of land for expansion as having the most impact on their business within the next year, followed by stability, development and fluctuations in global financial markets (21 percent). Other top issues include new government mandates and regulations, and supplying the growing global demand for commodities arising from developing economies and world population growth.
Their five-year impact projections not only track closely to the rankings for business impacts within the next year, but also emulate the Ag Connect survey results. Online respondents rank availability and price of land for expansion (26 percent) and new government mandates and regulations (21 percent) as the top issues impacting their business in the next five years.
Another key finding from the CaseIH.com survey: almost 82 percent anticipate operation growth in the next five years.