Poll: Nearly 9 in 10 Adults Trust Farmers


I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s AgDay Minute.

It appears most Americans already have a positive view of farmers’ practices when it comes to sustainability and conservation. Check out this new poll from the American Farm Bureau Federation. It surveyed 22-hundred adults, finding 58-percent have a positive opinion of farmer’s sustainability practices. Nearly nine-in-ten adults trust farmers. That’s a 4-percent increase from a similar study AFBF did in June. But the study shows, there’s more work to be done when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions. More than four-in-five adults were not able to correctly identify ag’s impact but nearly half of adults ranked agriculture as the smallest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.

Wine country is still trying to recover from the recent wildfires in California. The Allied Grape Growers cooperative estimating as many as 325-thousand tons of winegrapes may have been rejected due to smoke exposure. It says a combination of lighter yields and smoke damage could lower the California winegrape crush by 15-percent or more. You could soon see something new on the food label.

The FDA, recommending food manufacturers voluntarily list sesame as an ingredient. That’s because the FDA says many Americans are allergic or sensitive to the seed. But it’s only a recommendation, not a requirement. Current FDA regulations say sesame must be put on the label if the whole seed is used.

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