Top Six Issues Agriculture Faced Five Years Ago

August 26, 2016

In 2011, Case IH conducted a survey to gather farmers' perspectives on problems in agriculture. Among the top six agricultural problems and concerns shared were new government mandates and regulations. Sound familiar today?

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.

The top six 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.

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Reprinted in part from Western Farm Press