The Social Side of Soils; a Farmer Centred Analysis on the Adoption of Cover Crops

dc.contributor.advisorChowdhury, Ataharul
dc.contributor.advisorHambly Odame, Helen
dc.contributor.authorAllen, Paige Nadine Gennings of Environmental Design and Rural Developmenten_US of Guelphen_US of Scienceen_US Development and Extensionen_US
dc.description.abstractWithin agricultural research there exists a gap related to the representation and incorporation of social and cultural factors. Specifically, when discussing a farmer's decision-making associated with the adoption process. Previous literature examining farmers motivations for adoption primarily focused on the economic and environmental aspects. Therefore, this research investigates the role that social factors and support services have on decision-making related to the choice to adopt or not adopt cover crops. This study takes a social constructivist approach utilizing a qualitative methodology, to conduct in-depth interviews with 16 southern Ontario grain farmers who have adopted, or not-adopted cover crops for improved soil health. This research found that social factors such as interpersonal relationships, personal values and beliefs, as well as level of organizational involvement all impacted a farmers decision related to cover crop use. This research also found inconsistencies amongst access to resources, and challenges associated with cover crop support services.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipHarvey W. Caldwell Scholarship
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International*
dc.subjectCover Cropsen_US
dc.subjectSustainable Agricultureen_US
dc.subjectFarmer's Perspectiveen_US
dc.subjectLand Management Practicesen_US
dc.subjectAdoption Processen_US
dc.subjectSocial and Cultural Factorsen_US
dc.titleThe Social Side of Soils; a Farmer Centred Analysis on the Adoption of Cover Cropsen_US


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