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Press Release Thursday, 13 January 2011

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Farmers are faced with new challenges and opportunities every day -- from
feeding an expanding global population while meeting strict new emissions
requirements, to producing more food on fewer acres while minimizing their
environmental footprint.

As part of its commitment to help farmers meet their challenges, Case IH
issued a survey to gather farmers' perspectives on the leading issues
impacting their operations. Case IH offered the survey to a group of farmer
guests attending this year's Ag Connect Expo, as well as to farmers visiting
CaseIH.com.

"The survey results not only help define the challenges facing farmers
today, but also identify future opportunities," says Jim Walker, Case IH
vice president of North America. "Farmer input is crucial for Case IH to
develop equipment and technologies that fit farmers' diverse needs, and
allow them to farm the way they want to. Case IH's producer-driven
innovations help farmers solve their challenges so they can succeed."

Issues identified in the survey include:

 Supplying the growing global demand for commodities arising from
developing economies and world population growth

 Availability and price of land for expansion

 New government mandates and regulations

 Stability, development and fluctuations in global financial markets

 Impact of global trade policies on food security and the supply and demand
for commodities

 Development and use of bio-based fuels

Farmers were asked to rank the top issues that would impact their business,
both in the next year and five years out. The number one issue is new
government mandates and regulations, with nearly 30 percent of the Ag
Connect farmer group ranking it as having the most impact on their business
within the next year. Availability and price of land for expansion, and
stability, development and fluctuations in global financial markets are
tied, with 24 percent of respondents ranking them as the second most
impactful issue.

For the Ag Connect farmers' five-year impact projections, new government
mandates and regulations top the list again, with 33 percent ranking it as
the most impactful. Nearly 24 percent of respondents rank availability and
price of land for expansion as the second most impactful.

Other key findings from the Ag Connect survey:

Nearly 25 percent of respondents indicate that equipment dealers/experts
will be one of the top advisors to influence their decision making, along
with their financial advisor and agronomist advisors

89 percent anticipate operation growth in the next five years

Online farm audience shares similar, but not identical concerns

While the Ag Connect survey attracted primarily large farmers -- 65 percent
report farming more than 5,000 acres, and all have a minimum of 1,000
tillable acres -- the CaseIH.com survey attracted more mid-size and
smaller-acreage farmers. More than 70 percent of online survey respondents
identify themselves as "predominantly cash grain producers" -- of which
nearly 54 percent farm 1,000 acres or less, and more than 41 percent farm
between 1,000 and 5,000 acres.

About 25 percent of CaseIH.com survey respondents rank availability and
price of land for expansion as having the most impact on their business
within the next year, followed by stability, development and fluctuations in
global financial markets (21 percent). Other top issues include new
government mandates and regulations, and supplying the growing global demand
for commodities arising from developing economies and world population
growth.

Their five-year impact projections not only track closely to the rankings
for business impacts within the next year, but also emulate the Ag Connect
survey results. Online respondents rank availability and price of land for
expansion (26 percent) and new government mandates and regulations (21
percent) as the top issues impacting their business in the next five years.

Another key finding from the CaseIH.com survey: almost 82 percent anticipate
operation growth in the next five years.


-- 
Dr. Teri Hamlin
North Region Agriculture Education
Georgia Department of Education
204C Four Towers University of Georgia
Athens, Ga 30602
706-552-4461 / 706-540-0032
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