In a current AgPro poll, 81% of respondents as of Monday mid-day said they were either very concerned or concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic effecting their business.
In a live webcast on Monday, AgPro editor Margy Eckelkamp shared how the virus outbreak has already changed the ag retail business:
- Ag retailers are closing offices to non-employees
- Salespeople are asked to conduct most/all of their business virtually, eliminating on-farm visits
- Pesticide application license renewals are granted waivers state by state with extensions through 2020.
- No specific examples of time-sensitive ag inputs being delayed have become known, however the ag supply channel being called “essential” last week has helped alleviate any developing concerns
- Manufacturers, distributors, ag retailers are all sharing optimism in helping farmers get the 2020 crop off to a strong start.