A recent Farm Journal poll shows farmers and ranchers are concerned about uncertainty in commodity markets, the financial stability of their businesses, and the health of their families, and their workforce. The poll gagged farmer responses regarding top issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Survey results show 90% of farmers and ranchers say they expect COVID-19 to impact their business.

While only 30% have a fear of becoming sick themselves, many expressed concerns about family and friends in higher risk categories. One-third of respondents said they've been directly impacted by the disease.

Farm Journal's Charlene Finck said, “Planting crops, maintaining dairy operations and other agricultural work is critical to our national security and social well-being,” adding, “We will get through these uncertain times together."

Agriculture is naturally designated as an essential or critical industry for the nation, as the farm workforce helps to feed the nation, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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