Mar 31, 2020Poll: 90% of farmers expect coronavirus to impact business
Through an online poll, Farm Journal recently collected feedback directly from farmers, growers and ranchers about their concerns of coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts on their operations.
This survey data tells the broader story of what people in agriculture are thinking and facing today.
“A Farm Journal Pulse Poll conducted earlier this month showed concerns across the board about coronavirus and its impact on farm and ranch businesses,” said Charlene Finck, President of Farm Journal. “This survey digs deeper into what those concerns are, how farmers are reacting to new developments each day and how they are looking to us and trusted service providers for leadership and guidance in the days to come.”
Results show 90% of farmers and ranchers say they expect COVID-19 to impact their business. While only 30% fear becoming sick themselves, many expressed concerns about family and friends in higher-risk categories. One-third of respondents said they’ve been directly impacted by the disease.
“Agriculture’s role as an essential industry that provides and secures our nation’s food supply means farmers, ranchers and growers continue day-to-day operation of their businesses through this pandemic,” said Portia Stewart, Farm Journal Content Strategy director. “Engagement with audiences has increased on all platforms — confirming that people are looking for news, information and leadership to benefit their business.”