Bullish with Caution

March 9, 2012 10:32 PM

Poll results from the recent Ag Executive Forum

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 opinion poll of agriculture’s leaders.

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.

While the majority of the group—88%—said they believe the U.S. will be the world leader in agricultural production in 2020, they voiced several concerns for the near term:

  • The good times may not last; 60% were bearish on the overall outlook for agriculture.
  • There is too much red tape and government bureaucracy. When asked to identify the most positive change that could be made to help agriculture be more competitive and bring innovation to market, 47% answered: reduce red tape and government bureaucracy.
  • Thirty-five percent responded that significant changes need to happen in Washington, D.C., in order for U.S. agriculture to stay competitive in the world market.


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