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Main Title Sociological Factors in the Adoption of Agricultural Best Management Practices.
Author Nowak, P. J. ; Korsching, P. F. ; Wagener, D. J. ; Hoban, T. J. ;
CORP Author Iowa State Univ., Ames.;Environmental Research Lab., Athens, GA.
Year Published 1984
Report Number EPA-R-806814; EPA-600/5-84-001;
Stock Number PB84-170836
Additional Subjects Sociometrics ; Agricultural economics ; Mathematical models ; Demography ; Personnel ; Data acquisition ; Farms ; Ecology ; Land use ; Regression analysis ; Watersheds ; Iowa ; Best management practices ; Agribusiness ; Institutions
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB84-170836 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 128p
The primary goal of this research was to determine the relevant socioeconomic, demographic and agricultural factors that influence the adoption and maintenance of agricultural best management practices. A general theoretic model describing the adoption of technology was modified and used for developing hypotheses to explain BMP adoption. To test the hypotheses, data was collected on 193 farm operators in three watersheds in Iowa. Four types of variables--personal and socioeconomic characteristics, land ecological characteristics, farm enterprise characteristics, and institutional factors--were examined for their effect on the adoption of BMPs. A two-stage regression analysis was used. The most important variables in explaining adoption of BMPs are the institutional factors.