Even though the official program of the Ag Executive Forum hosted by Farm Journal and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers was off the record, we used our networking event to conduct an informal poll on the hot spots in agriculture. Using handheld, immediate-response polling devices that allow each attendee to quickly voice his or her opinion with the push of a button, we surveyed the agribusiness executives and top-level producers in the crowd.
A snapshot of the results is presented below. In addition to these results, the group also overwhelmingly responded that:
- the U.S. is in a good position to take advantage of the hot spots and opportunities around the world;
- we will be able to meet the demands placed upon us; and
- it is very important for producers to have a more direct relationship with key agribusinesses.
- Mid-February 2011