Title

The effect of socioeconomic factors on the adoption of best management practices in beef cattle production

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-2005

Abstract

Factors affecting cattle producers' adoption of best management practices (BMPs) are examined using probit analyses. Results show that in situations such as when the farm includes more enterprises, the farmer has had contact with Natural Resources Conservation Service personnel at least once within the past year, the farmer holds a college bachelor's degree, the percentage of income from beef cattle production is higher, or the operation includes hilly land, the likelihood of BMP adoption is greater. Having a greater number of other agricultural enterprises and having a greater percentage of income from the cattle operation were significant factors in the adoption of companion practices. Results of this study suggest changes in formulating future environmental policies associated with pasture-based beef cattle production.

Publication Source (Journal or Book title)

Journal of Soil and Water Conservation

First Page

111

Last Page

120

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