What Worries Vegetable Growers, in their own Words

Some of the most interesting results from American Vegetable Grower® magazine’s 2017 State of the Vegetable Industry Survey were write-in answers. These were unvarnished truths straight from you.

One of the questions we asked was about what concerns growers the most. The responses vary from sarcastic to poignant.

 

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