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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: DEVELOPMENT OF ALTERNATIVE PRACTICES FOR IMPROVED WATERSHED MANAGEMENT

Location: Cropping Systems and Water Quality Research

Title: Farmers’ Motivations for Adopting Management Practices in the Goodwater Creek Experimental Watershed

Authors
item Murphy, Bridget - UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
item Rikoon, James - UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
item Baffaut, Claire - UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
item Broz, Robert - UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
item Lerch, Robert
item Mccann, Laura - UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
item Anderson, Stephen - UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
item Sadler, Edward

Submitted to: Soil and Water Conservation Society
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: February 12, 2006
Publication Date: July 21, 2007
Citation: Murphy, B., Rikoon, J., Baffaut, C., Broz, R., Lerch, R.N., Mccann, L., Anderson, S., Sadler, E.J. 2007. Farmers’ motivations for adopting management practices in the goodwater creek experimental watershed [abstract]. Soil and Water Conservation Society. Soil and Water Conservation Society Conference, July 21-25, 2007, Tampa, Florida.

Technical Abstract: The purpose of this work was to evaluate farm operator opinions relative to soil and water conservation practices in the Goodwater Creek Watershed in Central Missouri. This study reveals the outcome of structured interviews conducted with 25 farm operators within the Conservation Effects Assessment Project in the Goodwater Creek Watershed of Central Missouri. Understanding of the factors which led to decisions that were made concerning pesticide and nutrient management practices, and landscape changes (e.g. terraces, buffers, filter strips) to enhance water quality is shown. Also provided is an understanding of the factors that influence decision-making among farm operators because perceived value is essential in developing policies and outreach that lead to effective watershed stewardship. The paper focuses on farmers' motivations for implementing practices and evaluations of the environmental, economic and farming system consequences of change. First, the study examines the relative importance of economic goals and incentives. We also examine biophysical and institutional dimensions implemented through particular farm management practices and landscape alterations, and the reasons behind discontinued practices or structural elements that have been removed. Secondly, the study addresses evaluations of water conservations practices in terms of financial impact, effectiveness and ease of implementation. Current and past practices are included in the evaluation. Finally, the study addresses implications of survey results from outreach and education programs. It shows the establishment of programs targeted to farmers' expectations and experiences in regard to water quality protection practices.

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