GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new national opinion poll commissioned by the American Farm Bureau Federation indicates that the overwhelming majority of U.S. citizens place trust in farmers and ranchers.
The test of public attitudes found that 84% of respondents hold this opinion and almost 60% agree that the federal government should classify agriculture as a matter of national security to ensure a stable food supply.
Such results should encourage Congress to maintain support for farm families suffering from substantial losses due to the COVID-19 crisis. U.S. Department of Agriculture officials have reported that most farmers have lost major portions of their annual income because of emergency business closures.
Agricultural producers in Florida and across the country continue to grow food for everyone, despite the turmoil in the general economy.
Conducted June 6 and 7, the poll included a national sample of 2,200 adults with data weighted to approximate a target population based upon gender, age, education, race/ethnicity and region. The margin of error is plus or minus 2%.
For more information about the poll, visit https://bit.ly/2AU3jW3.
–Florida Farm Bureau