Contractors and growers were both generally satisfied with production contracting (Table 12a). Respondents scored their satisfaction on a scale of 1 = very satisfied, 6 = not satisfied – 92 percent of the contractors and 85 percent of the growers rated their satisfaction a 1, 2, or 3. This satisfaction level may be due to sound communication efforts between contractors and growers. Seventy-two percent of contractors in the >50,000 category reported training and supervising growers closely (Table 12b). Another 16 percent report providing little training and supervision and 11 percent said they try to have experienced growers that need little supervision.
Contract production is expected to continue into the future as more than 80 percent indicated they plan to maintain the relative share of contract to owned facilities or to expand to contracting (Table 12c).