Farmers are faced with new challenges and opportunities every day – from feeding an expanding global population while meeting strict new emissions requirements, to producing more food on fewer acres while minimizing their environmental footprint.

As part of its commitment to help farmers meet their challenges, Case IH issued a survey to gather farmers’ perspectives on the leading issues impacting their operations.

“The survey results not only help define the challenges facing farmers today, but also identify future opportunities,” says Jim Walker, Case IH vice president of North America. “Farmer input is crucial for Case IH to develop equipment and technologies that fit farmers’ diverse needs, and allow them to farm the way they want to. Case IH’s producer-driven innovations help farmers solve their challenges so they can succeed.”

Issues identified in the survey include:

• Supplying the growing global demand for commodities arising from developing economies and world population growth.

• Availability and price of land for expansion.

• New government mandates and regulations.

• Stability, development and fluctuations in global financial markets.

• Impact of global trade policies on food security and the supply and demand for commodities.

• Development and use of bio-based fuels.

Farmers were asked to rank the top issues that would impact their business, both in the next year and five years out. The No. 1 issue is new government mandates and regulations, with nearly 30 percent of the Ag Connect farmer group ranking it as having the most impact on their business within the next year.

Availability and price of land for expansion, and stability, development and fluctuations in global financial markets are tied, with 24 percent of respondents ranking them as the second most impactful issue.

For the Ag Connect farmers’ five-year impact projections, new government mandates and regulations top the list again, with 33 percent ranking it as the most impactful. Nearly 24 percent of respondents rank availability and price of land for expansion as the second most impactful.