Oklahoma agricultural producers remain optimistic
Oklahoma agriculturalists are generally optimistic but concerned about the economy and burdensome government regulations. That’s the summary of an Oklahoma Farm Bureau survey answered at the recent Oklahoma FFA Convention and Southern Plains Farm Show.
An overwhelming 80 percent of those surveyed at the FFA convention said they were optimistic about the future of agriculture. That number jumped to 100 percent at the farm show.
“You have to be optimistic if you’re a farmer,” said Jimmy Kinder, a Walters, Okla., producer who completed the survey at the farm show. “You can’t farm from behind, you have to farm from the front!”
When asked to list the challenges facing agriculture today, the more popular answers included concerns about burdensome government regulations, increased production costs, uncertain weather conditions and the declining availability of land for agricultural production.
FFA students who took the survey said they would like to see more agriculture-related classes and more promotion of the “agriculture story.”
The results of the OFB survey are consistent with similar questionnaires taken in previous years at the same venues.