Summary Reports – Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll

2020 Summary Report

This year’s survey focused on a range of issues including changes in quality of life and farm financial well-being, economic and policy dimensions of commodity production, awareness of and interest in prairie strips, farmers’ perspectives on climate change, use of communications technology, and well water testing.

2018 Summary Report

This year’s survey focused on a range of issues including changes in quality of life and farm financial well-being, rented land, use of selected conservation practices, 2015-2017, participation in watershed management, awareness of and interest in prairie strips, and use of and perspectives on precision agriculture.

2017 Summary Report

This year’s survey contained questions about weed and herbicide resistance management, soil health, use of small grains in extended rotations, the influence of agricultural stakeholders on farmers’ decisions, and decision making among multiple farm operators.

2016 Summary Report

Survey results for the 2016 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll discuss conservation practice use, changes in farming practices and strategies and monarch butterfly conservation. Information sources farmers trust is also examined.

2015 Summary Report

Survey results for the 2015 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll focus on soil health, changes in farm practices and strategies, conservation practice use and monarch butterfly conservation. Questions focused on soil conservation efforts and their perceptions of those practices.

2014 Summary Report

The next generation of farmers, farm family succession plans, opinions about retirement decisions, use of professional advisers for agricultural decision making (i.e., fertilizer program development, pest and crop disease management, soil and water conservation), the use of information technology, and rural quality of life

2013 Summary Report

Climate Change, Rented Land, Herbicide-Resistant Weeds, Bt-Resistant Corn, Soil Health, and Soil Compaction)

2012 Summary Report

Land Values, Rural Issues and Quality of Life, Use of Communication Technology, Concern about Resistance in Pests

2011 Summary Report

Climate Change, Conservation, Agricultural Drainage, Internet Use by Farmers, Balancing Budgets, and What’s in a Name

2010 Summary Report

Community Life and Neighboring, Changes in Perceptions over Time, Population loss, Agritourism and Access to Commerce and Services

2009 Summary Report

Next Generation of Farmers, Farm Policy and Commodity Production, Mixed Livestock and Grain Farming, Farming and Food Systems in Rural Communities, Value-Added Agriculture, Targeted Conservation, Nutrient Removal Wetlands, Personal and Financial Well-Being

2008 Summary Report

Quality of Life, Population Changes in Rural Communities, The Next Generation of Farmers, Farming and the Bioeconomy, Rented Land, Conservation Reserve Program

2007 Summary Report

Bioeconomy, Ethanol, Grain Storage and Transportation, Alternative Energy Investment, Information Sources, Land Use, Farm Plans, Satisfaction with Farming

2006 Summary Report

Impact of Energy Costs, Alternative Energy Use, Energy related Issues, Quality of Life, Financial Conditions, Community and Neighborhood, Livestock Issues, Internet Usage, General Social Issues

2005 Summary Report

2007 Farm Bill, Farmland Prices, Role of Incentives in Environmental Practices, Economic Development, Methamphetamine, Extension, Information Sources, Innovative Farming Technology, Farm Succession

2004 Summary Report

Health Insurance, Future of Farming, Tax Policy, Water Quality, Philanthropy

2003 Summary Report

Community Well-being, Community Services, Community Quality of Life, State Economic Development, Biotechnology, Family Financial Conditions

2002 Summary Report

Farm Management Practices, Nitrogen Use, Manure Use, Livestock Issues, Quality of Life, Financial Conditions, Rural Issues, Ethics and Behavior, Farm Goals, Reasons for Success

2001 Summary Report

2002 Farm Bill, Community Development, Economic Development, Threats to Rural Iowa, Alternative Energy, Transgenic Crops, Land Use, Extension

2000 Summary Report

Biotechnology, Food Safety and Health, Transgenic Hybrids, Community Services, Recreation and Leisure, Minority and Immigration Issues, Wildlife, Quality of Life, Financial Conditions in Farming, Alternative Livestock Choices

1999 Summary Report

Farm Plans, Stress, Risk Perception, Family Living Changes, Community Satisfaction, Economic Outlook, Prospects for the 21st Century, Government Regulations, Local Food Systems

1998 Summary Report

Information Technology, Economic Development, State and National Issues, Precision Farming, Quality of Life, Livestock Issues, Manure Management

1997 Summary Report

Risk Perception and Management, Health and Food Safety, On-farm Accidents, Well-being, Stress, Quality of Life, New Technology, Off-farm Employment

1996 Summary Report

Future Farm Plans, Satisfaction with Farming, Community Life and Neighboring, Quality of Life, Financial Conditions, Extension, Water Quality

1995 Summary Report

Role of Government in Agriculture, Agricultural Research, On-farm Computer Use, Farm Safety, Livestock, Manure Issues, Land Ownership, Farm Plans

1994 Summary Report

1995 Farm Bill, Agricultural Policy, CRP, Farm Management, Sustainable Agriculture, Quality of Life, Stress, Financial Management, Community Satisfaction

1993 Summary Report

Future of Agriculture, Economic Issues in Agriculture, Use of Marketing Information, Community Issues and Economic Development, Threats to Rural America, Ethics, Environmental Views, Soil Quality

1992 Summary Report

Woodland Protection, Home Safety and Heating, Farm Management, State Land Ownership Laws

1991 Summary Report

Future Farm Plans, Satisfaction with Farming, Contracts, University Research Assessment, Biotechnology, Nitrogen Use and Pollution, Livestock Facilities, Quality of Life, Farm Financial Conditions

1990 Summary Report

Farming Outlook, Quality of Life, Community Service Availability, Community Life, Animal Wildlife and Protection, Farm Values, Sustainable Agriculture, Financial and Economic Outlook, Self-reliance

1989 Summary Report

Ag Policy, International Trade Policy, Farm Management, Chemical Use, Water Pollution, Health and Safety Concerns, Information Sources, Stress, Off-farm Employment, Government Program Participation

1988 Summary Report

Economic Development, Conservation Practices, Rural Development, Use of Marketing Tools, Farm Financial Conditions, Quality of Life, Land Ownership, Conservation Reserve Program

1987 Summary Report

Agricultural Policy, International Trade Policy, Biotechnology, ISU Linkages, Conservation Tillage, Risk Management, Contract Farming

1986 Summary Report

1985 Farm Bill, Land Laws, Future Farm Plans, Farm Economic Conditions, Quality of Life, Rural Problems and Support, Stress

1985 (Fall) Summary Report

Global Competition and Commodity Prices, Rural Development, Farm Management, Co-op Membership and Use

1985 (Spring) Summary Report

Foreclosures, Tax Laws, Economic Development, Off-farm Employment, Cost of Living, Quality of Life, Health Care

1984 (Fall) Summary Report

Debt Restructuring, Land Policy, Tax Policy, 1985 Farm Bill, Role of Government, New Technology, Financial Conditions in Farming, Satisfaction with Farming, Future Farming Plans

1984 (Spring) Summary Report

Agricultural Policy and Trade, Farm Exports, Future of Farming, Role of Government, Community Life, Research Priorities

1983 (Fall) Summary Report

Agricultural Policy Issues, Conservation Tillage, Water Issues, Future Directions, Agricultural Teaching, Cooperative Extension Service

1983 (Spring) Summary Report

Agricultural Policy Issues, Community Services and Facilities, Future Farm Plans, Purchasing Intentions for 1983, Agricultural Programs

1982 Summary Report

Agricultural Price Policy, Current Agricultural Issues, Coming Changes, The Future of Agriculture, Rural Living, A Profile of Iowa Farm Operators