Nearly half of the farmers surveyed express concern about allowing outsiders to return to their farms during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A survey from Farm Journal found 45 percent of farmers have reservations about allowing sales representatives back onto their farm. The report also found in order for input suppliers to be allowed back on the farm, 50 percent say social distancing would be required. Additionally, 18 percent want outside vendors to wear proper personal protection equipment, such as masks.
However, not everyone is voicing that concern about sales representatives and non-employees coming on their farm. The survey found 36 percent say they’re not concerned about visitors. Of the 640 farmers surveyed by Farm Journal, just 11 percent say they are not ready for visitors.
Growing concerns or not, consultant Dick Wittman thinks navigating new business practices today may be permanent solution in agriculture. “It’s making people rethink how we can do business in the future. We don’t need to have everybody interacting every day in an office,” said Wittman.