When asked if corn farmers will better off, worse off or about the same three years from now, 19 percent said better, 31 percent worse and 47 percent the same. Corn farmers were asked the same question in 2012 and 17 percent responded with better, 28 percent worse and 49 percent the same.
"Respondents overwhelmingly said lower corn prices were the No. 1 issue facing their farms. Production and input costs were second and third," said
Corn farmers were less optimistic when it came to the overall direction of agriculture. Fifty-four percent of respondents said things in the ag sector are generally going in the right direction, down from 69 percent in 2012. Thirty-five percent said the ag sector was on the wrong track, up from 18 percent in 2012.
"I think a major reason for the increased pessimism was the unnecessarily long and partisan battle over the new farm bill and recent attacks on ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard," said
When corn farmers were asked how satisfied they were with
The corn check-off is a voluntary, self-imposed fee on each bushel of corn at the time of first point of sale. Funds are used for research, marketing and promotion of
"Corn farmers understand how valuable it is to speak out in a collective voice instead of only acting as individuals," said
The survey also asked non-farmers for their opinion on corn farming and agriculture.
Ninety-two percent of non-farmers had a positive viewpoint of farmers in
Non-farmers listed producing safe and healthy food as the most important issue for farming in
"Big city or small town, suburban mom or blue-collar construction worker, everyone is our customer," said
The corn farmer portion of the survey involved 300 corn farmers interviewed via telephone from
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