Motivations for Adoption of Sustainable Agriculture Practices, Education and Research: A Mixed-Methods Study

Project Overview

Project Type: Graduate Student
Funds awarded in 2002: $10,000.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2004
Region: North Central
State: Nebraska
Graduate Student:
Faculty Advisor:
Charles Francis
Grain Place Foundation

Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: corn, potatoes, soybeans, wheat, grass (misc. perennial), hay
  • Vegetables: sweet potatoes, artichokes, asparagus, beans, beets, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucurbits, eggplant, garlic, greens (leafy), leeks, lentils, onions, parsnips, peas (culinary), peppers, sweet corn, tomatoes, brussel sprouts
  • Additional Plants: herbs, trees
  • Animals: bovine, poultry, goats, swine, sheep
  • Animal Products: dairy


  • Animal Production: housing, grazing management, livestock breeding, pasture fertility, pasture renovation, range improvement, stocking rate, watering systems, feed/forage
  • Crop Production: conservation tillage
  • Education and Training: demonstration, farmer to farmer, on-farm/ranch research, participatory research, study circle, technical assistance
  • Farm Business Management: new enterprise development, community-supported agriculture, budgets/cost and returns, marketing management, agricultural finance, market study, value added
  • Natural Resources/Environment: habitat enhancement, wildlife
  • Production Systems: agroecosystems, holistic management, organic agriculture, transitioning to organic
  • Soil Management: composting
  • Sustainable Communities: leadership development, local and regional food systems, new business opportunities, public participation, urban/rural integration, analysis of personal/family life, social capital, social psychological indicators, sustainability measures
    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.