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dc.contributor.advisorWilson, Robyn
dc.creatorCarros, Olivia
dc.descriptionThird Place Winner in 15th Annual CFAES Research Forumen_US
dc.description.abstractNutrient loading and associated algal blooms resulting from agricultural runoff are a pressing environmental concern for the Great Lakes. Cover crops are an important Best Management Practice (BMP) useful for reducing nutrient runoff while providing a wide variety of other on-farm benefits. 22 semi-structured interviews were conducted to learn more about the motivations, benefits, and constraints associated with cover crop adoption among different types of farmers. Three distinct groups of farmers were identified within the sample, sharing certain characteristics: 1) enthusiastic (or early) adopters, 2) new (or middle) adopters, and 3) tentative (or late) and non-adopters. Middle and tentative/non-adopters lacked awareness of the diverse potential benefits of cover crops relative to enthusiastic or early adopters. As a result, emphasizing these benefits may be critical to decreasing skepticism toward cover crops as an effective and economic management tool and promoting future adoption. Demonstration farms are a popular outreach tool used to provide such information about BMPs. Pre- and post-surveys were also conducted at the Blanchard Valley and Seneca County Demonstration Farms to determine the impact of the events on farmer knowledge, beliefs and concerns. Preliminary results indicate that the demonstration farms significantly improved the participants' confidence in their ability to implement cover crops but had no significant impact on farmer knowledge. These results provide evidence that current outreach and communication efforts are having a positive effect, but continued effectiveness will hinge on providing concrete examples of long-term economic benefits and diverse on-farm benefits, such as resiliency and livestock opportunities.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipHonors & Scholars Enrichment Granten_US
dc.description.sponsorshipSchool of Environment & Natural Resources Undergraduate Research Granten_US
dc.publisherThe Ohio State Universityen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesThe Ohio State University. School of Environment and Natural Resources Honors Theses; 2018en_US
dc.subjectwater qualityen_US
dc.subjectcover cropsen_US
dc.subjectsustainable agricultureen_US
dc.subjectbest management practiceen_US
dc.subjectmental modelsen_US
dc.titlePromoting Cover Crop Adoption to Improve Water Quality in Agricultural Landscapesen_US
dc.description.embargoNo embargoen_US
dc.rights.ccAttribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United Statesen_US
dc.description.academicmajorAcademic Major: Environmental Policy and Decision Makingen_US

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