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Identifying informational sources and educational methods for soil conservation information used by landowners of highly erodible fields

Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC)
Bounaga, Lahcen (main author), Gamon, Julia A. (author), Miller, W. Wade (author), Department of Agricultural Education and Studies, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Journal article
Publication Date:
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, Funk Library, University of Illinois Box: 90
Subject Term:
adoption behavior, farmer attitudes, influences, information sources, soil conservation
James F. Evans Collection, Inadequate adoption of soil conservation practices is a serious problem since 40 percent of the nation's farmers have some highly erodible land. This study identified preferred educational sources and methods of hard-to-reach groups such as those who are the last to put together a soil conservation plan. A mailed questionnaire asked about both past and future use. The most important sources of information about soil conservation for landowners with highly erodible land were neighbors and family. Those who had not started a conservation plan were significantly less interested in tours and demonstrations. (original)