National Grange on Gallup Poll Pt 1

National Grange on Gallup Poll Pt 1

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
With today’s Fruit Grower Report, I’m Bob Larson. For the first time in 20 years of Gallup surveys tracking American’s views on business and industry, the top three on the list of viewed most positively, are farming and agriculture, the grocery industry, and restaurants … 1,2 & 3.

Betsy Huber, president of the National Grange, says this is very good news …

HUBER … “I think it’s very positive and I think it’s related to the pandemic, that in the beginning when people went to their grocery stores and found empty shelves. That was a wake-up call to how essential farmers and grocery store workers really are.”

Huber says Ag’s image began to change at the beginning of the pandemic …

HUBER … “The whole supply chain disruption back then was a real wake-up call, I think, to the general consumer. I’m not sure they really understand that it was just the transportation, the supply chain that we really do have plentiful food. Hopefully they got that message.”

The survey, Huber says shows why now is the perfect time to be telling our stories …

HUBER … “There’s been an effort for the last couple of years to have farmers tell their stories, you know, on social media, and websites and agritourism and all those types of things to open up the farms to the consumer and to show them that farmers do care for their land and their animals.”

Tune in tomorrow for more on our ESSENTIAL farmers and why they do what they do.

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