June 2, 2020
Survey: California farmers lose sales, income
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - Lost markets and lost off-farm income related to the COVID-19 pandemic have proven doubly difficult for many California farmers and ranchers.

A survey by the California Farm Bureau Federation found nearly 57% of respondents said they had lost customers or sales during the pandemic. Of those farmers, more than half cited stay-at-home orders that had closed restaurants, company cafeterias and other customers’ businesses. Farmers also pointed to reasons for lost sales including declines in exports, transportation difficulties, reduced packinghouse capacity, farmers market closures and customer concerns about the safety of direct sales.

Forty-two percent of responding farmers said they or a family member had lost off-farm income.

“Just as in the rest of society, the effects of the pandemic have reverberated throughout rural California,” CFBF President Jamie Johansson said. “There’s no aspect of farming, ranching or agricultural business that has been spared.”
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