Missouri farmers and ranchers are, for the most part, optimistic heading into 2017 and would overwhelmingly recommend their children follow in their footsteps, according to a survey by Missouri Farm Bureau and the Missouri Department of Agriculture.
Commodity/livestock prices are the top concern of respondents, closely followed by agricultural input costs and government regulations.
For the first time, Missouri Farm Bureau and the Missouri Department of Agriculture surveyed attendees at their respective 2016 annual meetings. Named the “FARMometer” Survey, five questions were asked and 298 farmers and ranchers responded.
Plans are to make it an annual survey to gauge changes in opinions.
Blake Hurst, president of Missouri Farm Bureau, commented on the survey results, “Missouri’s farmers and ranchers are telling us they support public policy efforts to strengthen agricultural markets and reduce unnecessary and costly government regulations. These are among the top priorities of Farm Bureau for 2017.”
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