Farmers are faced with agricultural problems, new challenges, and opportunities every day - from feeding an expanding global population while meeting strict new emissions requirements, to producing more food on fewer acres while minimizing their environmental footprint.
To help farmers meet their challenges, Case IH five years ago (2011) conducted a survey to gather farmers’ perspectives on problems in agriculture and the agricultural challenges facing their operations.
Case IH offered the survey to a group of farmer guests attending the Ag Connect Expo event, plus those farmers visiting CaseIH.com.
“Farmer input is crucial for Case IH to develop equipment and technologies that fit farmers’ diverse needs, and allow them to farm the way they want to,” said Jim Walker, Case IH vice president of North America in 2011.
“Case IH’s producer-driven innovations help farmers solve their challenges so they can succeed.”
The Top 6 agriculture problems farmers shared in the 2011 survey included:
1 - Supplying the growing global demand for commodities arising from developing economies and world population growth;
2 - Availability and price of land for expansion;
3 - New government mandates and regulations;
4 - Stability, development, and fluctuations in global financial markets;
5 - Impact of global trade policies on food security, and the supply and demand for commodities; and
6 - Development and use of bio-based fuels.
In addition, farmers were asked to rank the top agricultural problem that would impact their business, both in the next year and five years out. The number one issue in 2011 was new government mandates and regulations. Nearly 30 percent of the Ag Connect farmer group ranked it as having the most impact on their business within the next year.
The availability and price of land for expansion, and stability, development, and fluctuations in global financial markets were tied, with 24 percent of respondents ranking them as the second most impactful issue.
For the Ag Connect farmers’ five-year impact projections (2011-2016), new government mandates and regulations topped the problems farmers face list again with 33 percent ranking it as the most impactful. Nearly 24 percent of respondents ranked the 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 indicated that equipment dealers-experts would be one of the top advisors to influence their decision making, along with their financial advisor and agronomist advisors;
• 89 percent anticipated operation growth in the next five years; and
• Online farm audience shared similar, but not identical concerns.
While the Ag Connect survey attracted primarily large farmers, 65 percent reported farming more than 5,000 acres, and all had 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 identified themselves as “predominantly cash grain producers” – nearly 54 percent farm 1,000 acres or less, and more than 41 percent farm between 1,000 and 5,000 acres.
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About 25 percent of CaseIH.com survey respondents in 2011 ranked the availability and price of land for expansion as having the most impact on their business within the next year, followed by the stability, development, and fluctuations in global financial markets (21 percent).
Other top issues included 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 tracked closely to the rankings for business impacts within the next year, but also emulated the Ag Connect survey results.
Online respondents ranked the 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 was that more than 80 percent anticipate operation growth in the next five years.