The Georgia Foundation for Agriculture, Georgia Farm Bureau and the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development are jointly offering a survey to Georgia farmers impacted by COVID-19.
This most recent survey was issued in December, but the group is allowing additional time for producers to send in their submissions. The deadline to complete the survey is Feb. 15. It is open to all part-time or full-time farmers.
Sharon Kane, UGA Senior Public Service Associate and Food Business Development Specialist, said the survey is designed to allow farmers to provide an update on the pandemic’s lingering impact on Georgia agriculture.
“The more information we can gather the more we feel like we know what’s going on in the Ag community. We really want to take the pulse of what’s going on, where the needs are, where there’s any gaps. That is what we do,” said Kane.
To fill out a survey, click here.
Kane spoke during last week’s Georgia Ag Forecast meeting and discussed the effects COVID-19 has had on farmers, based on the latest survey.
Ninety-one percent of respondents said at least one of their commodities were impacted by the pandemic. Livestock remains the top-selected category of financial impact, accounting for 37% of the commodities mostly affected. Fruits and nuts were second (17.7%), and field crops (13.3%) were third.
Farmers are still very concerned about the financial impact of the pandemic, but health and emotional concerns are higher than during the initial survey that was issued in the spring.