2009 Grower Petition-Survey Results

More than three-quarters of wheat growers responding to January 2009 NAWG survey approved a petition supporting the commercialization of biotechnology in wheat.

The survey was commissioned by NAWG as a project of the NAWG Foundation to measure and document the level of support of biotech trait commercialization among wheat growers.

Anecdotal evidence has long suggested many wheat producers would like biotech traits in their arsenal, and national wheat organizations support biotech commercialization. However, private technology providers need to be assured of ground-level support for their efforts before undertaking the decade-long, multimillion-dollar path toward commercialization of a trait.

The survey enjoyed a 32 percent response rate, with approval rates similar across states and farm sizes. The survey was mailed to about 21,000 producers with more than 500 acres of wheat and 1,000 acres in total production.