Pennsylvania agricultural producers' observations of changing environmental conditions: Implications for research and Extension

Kaila Thorn, Rama Radhakrishna, Daniel Tobin

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Abstract

To understand environmental conditions Pennsylvania agricultural producers had observed in the past and what their environmental concerns were for the future, we conducted a statewide survey. We used Spearman rank order correlations to show differences between past observations and future concerns regarding environmental conditions and found a disconnect between what respondents previously had observed and their anticipations for the future. Additionally, we used chi-square analysis to determine whether perspectives on environmental conditions were related to producer demographic characteristics. Two demographic variables were significant: generation of farmer and political affiliation. Our findings can assist Extension professionals in developing programs tailored to target audiences' environmental perceptions and demographics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number# 4RIB3
JournalJournal of Extension
Volume57
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education

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