Examining the voluntary adoption of agricultural conservation practices in northern Malheur County, Oregon Public Deposited

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  • This study sought to better understand the voluntary adoption of water quality improving practices by agricultural producers in Northern Malheur County, Oregon. The Reasoned Action Approach/Theory of Planned Behavior was used as a theoretical framework to identify barriers and incentives to adoption. Study findings suggest that producers primarily consider practical characteristics of practices when making adoption decisions. Some of these concerns include the relative advantage of the practice (derived from the anticipated financial gain or loss, conservation and water quality benefits from adopting a practice), the compatibility of a practice with existing farm operations, the ease or difficulty of implementing a practice, and the ability to observe the success of a practice prior to adoption. These factors vary widely across individual farms because of the diversity in farming practices and heterogeneous operations. Producer age and lack of agency over decision making emerged as barriers to adoption and provide promising areas for future adoption studies. Recommendations are provided for enhanced education and outreach programs and incentive systems that are better suited for the diverse and segmented needs of producers operating small to medium sized farms.
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