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Characteristics of individual producers influence decisions, although how they impact decisions appears to depend on the population's location and other features. A great deal of research has been conducted about CRP enrollment and results suggest that age, education, off-farm work, and environmental awareness effect both enrollment and post-CRP land use decisions.
Several models have been proposed to predict the conservation behavior of farmers and ranchers:
Sources for more information:
Camboni, Silvana M. and Ted L. Napier. 1993. Factors affecting use of conservation farming practices in east central Ohio . Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 45(1993):79-94.
McCann, Elizabeth. 1997. Environmental Awareness, Economic Orientation, and Farming Practices: A Comparison of Organic and Conventional Farmers. Environmental Management 21(5):747-758.
Napier, Ted L. and Silvana M. Camboni. 1994. The Socioeconomics of Soil and Water Conservation in the United States. In Adopting Conservation on the Farm: An International Perspective on the Socioeconomics of Soil and Water Conservation. T.L. Napier, S.M. Camboni, and S.A. El-Swaify, eds. Pp. 59-74. Ankeny, Iowa: Soil and Water Conservation Society.
Napier, Ted L. and Silvana M. Camboni. 1993. Use of conventional and conservation practices among farmers in the Scioto River Basin of Ohio. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 48(3):231-237.
Napier, Ted L., M. Tucker and S. McCarter. 2000. Adoption of Conservation Production Systems in Three Midwest Watersheds. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 55(2):123-134.
Nowak, Peter J. 1987. The Adoption of Agricultural Conservation Technologies: Economic and Diffusion Explanations. Rural Sociology 52(2):208-220.
Pampel, Fred and J.C. van Es. 1977. Environmental Quality and Issues of Adoption Research. Rural Sociology 42(1):57-71.