This survey is being conducted by the Drake University Agricultural Law Center on behalf of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. This survey concerns your experience with production contracts--legal agreements under which you care for poultry or livestock owned by another party or grow a crop under contract. The results of the survey will be used to prepare a new guide to help farmers better understand production contracts.
Thanks for your willingness to participate. Your responses will remain anonymous and your contact information will not be collected. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. You can return to the it as many times as you wish until you click "done" at the bottom. Please note, however, that your answers will not be saved between visits. Your answers will be anonymous.

* 1. Please mark the one response that best fits you.

* 2. What has worked well in your production contracts?  Mark all that apply.

* 3. What has not worked well in your production contracts? Mark all that apply.

* 4. What provisions would you like to see in future contracts? Mark all that apply.

* 5. Who do you rely on to provide insights, technical assistance, and other resources in performing the duties required by your production contract?  Mark all that apply.

* 6. How do you research issues about using production contracts in addition to talking with other people? Mark all that apply.

* 7. On a scale from 1 to 5, rate the importance of the actions you believe a farmer should take before entering into a production contract, with 5 being the most important.

  1 2 3 4 5
Read the entire contract carefully
Have someone else, such as an advisor or lender, read the contract
Talk to other farmers who have used similar contracts
Talk to someone who has contracted with the same company
Explore other production and marketing options not involving a production contract to compare costs and benefits

* 8. Do you believe your state should enact legislation to protect the interests of farmers entering into production contracts? If you answer yes, which of the following should your state adopt?

* 9. Do you think Congress should include additional protections in the next farm bill?   If you answer yes, which of the following should be included?

* 10. Is there anything else you'd like to share?