How has COVID-19 affected your farm?
Your answers to this survey will help Granite State Graziers identify the areas of greatest need as
livestock producers around the state try to plan their operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are all in uncharted territory, so please take a few minutes to think about these questions,
and add your own ideas at the end. Above all, stay safe! Farmers are part of society's critical
infrastructure, and your work will help see us through.
Your answers are anonymous unless you choose to identify yourself. We won't share your individual answers with anyone.
Your concerns and responses to the pandemic so far
These first few questions will help us understand what's on your mind, what you've already done to respond, and
what you're thinking about doing next.
What concerns you the most about COVID-19 (choose one)
Availability of qualified seasonal labor
Disruption of supply chain
Loss of markets
Physical security of my property
Am not concerned
Loss of income from a "day job" or retirement fund
Health of my family, myself, my friends, and my co-workers
What operational changes have you already made on your farm in response to the COVID-19 pandemic? (Check all that apply)
Instituted paid sick leave for employees
Increased on-farm retail hours
No operational changes so far
Opened an on-farm retail space
Liquidated assets to raise cash
Restricted access to retail space on the farm (for example, only one customer in the shop at a time to maintain social distance)
Instructed employees on social distancing, hygiene, and staying home from work if sick
Developed means of accepting and filling orders while maintaining social distancing
Closed an on-farm retail space
Introduced a home delivery option
Reduced on-farm retail hours
What additional operational changes are you considering in response to the COVID-19 pandemic? (Check all that apply)
Developing means of accepting and filling orders while maintaining social distancing
Closing an on-farm retail space
Opening an on-farm retail space
Liquidating assets to raise cash
No further operational changes at this time
Instituting paid sick leave for employees
Instructing employees on social distancing, hygiene, and staying home from work if sick
Reducing on-farm retail hours
Introducing a home delivery option
Increasing on-farm retail hours
Restricting access to retail space on the farm (for example, only one customer in the shop at a time to maintain social distance)
Have you communicated with your customers about COVID-19? If so, what channels did you use? (Check all that apply)
Paid advertisements on broadcast media
Paid on-line advertisements (including "boosted social media posts, banner ads, etc.)
Paid advertisements in local print publications
Have not communicated
Postal Mail (letters or post cards
Free media (eg, interviews with press, news releases)
How can we help?
GSG exists to support grass-based farmers in New Hampshire. Normally that means helping
you understand how to manage your pastures and animals, but as we enter the pandemic that
might mean something different. These questions will help us figure out new ways of delivering
support and thinking about what that support should consist of.
Since in-person meetings are dangerous, what ways work best for you for sharing ideas? (Check all that apply)
Video teleconferences with a phone-in option
Voice-only conference calls
On what topics would you want to receive information from GSG? (Check all that apply)
Virtual versions of pasture walks and other workshops along the lines of our typical offerings
Support infrastructure updates (eg: news about ag supply chains, disruption in service from state and federal agencies, etc.)
Assistance in developing continuation of operations plans
Social connections (eg: a platform for farmer-to-farmer discussion of current challenges and opportunities)
When's the best time for you to engage with GSG?
Weekdays during business hours
About your farm
These next few questions will help us understand a little bit about your farm.
What market channels do you use? (Check all that apply)
Commodity sales (milk truck, sales barn, etc.)
Wholesale to stores
Direct to consumer
As you plan your farm's response to COVID-19, are you thinking the crisis will last ...
A few weeks
A few months
A year or more
Please provide any other thoughts or suggestions on how GSG might help you and your fellow grass farmers.
Thanks for taking part. May we follow up with you? If so, please leave your contact information below. We won't share it with anyone.
Phone number including area code
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