Trust in America’s farmers and ranchers remains high amid the devastating blow delivered this year by COVID-19. 

A new poll conducted by the American Farm Bureau shows that 84 percent of Americans trust the nation’s farmers. 

That same number also supports financial assistance from the government for farmers struggling to keep from going under because of the pandemic. 

“The results of the survey indicate a growing understanding of how important a stable food supply is to the health and well-being of our nation,” says AFB President Zippy Duvall. 

“Shortages at grocery stores and other food supply chain shockwaves caused by the pandemic gave many people a new understanding of the crucial role America’s farmers and ranchers play in their survival through COVID-19.” 

Duvall says it’s “heartening” to know that through it all, the American people’s trust in farmers is unwavering. 

Even more broadly, 59 percent of Americans also think that the federal government should classify U.S. agriculture as a matter of national security to ensure a stable food supply. 

USDA estimates suggest the decline in commodity value alone for 2019, 2020, and 2021 production totals almost $50 billion.

Story Courtesy of NAFB News Service