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Why don't producers adopt best management practices? An analysis of the beef cattle industry

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  • Jeffrey Gillespie
  • Seon-Ae Kim
  • Krishna Paudel

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Cattle producers were surveyed to determine their adoption rates and reasons for non-adoption of 16 best management practices. Potential reasons for non-adoption included unfamiliarity, non-applicability, high cost, still considering adoption, and preference not to adopt. The two most commonly cited reasons for non-adoption were unfamiliarity and non-applicability of the practice. Results highlight the importance of educational efforts in encouraging adoption, as well as farm type and financial situation of the farmer. Copyright 2007 International Association of Agricultural Economists.

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  • Jeffrey Gillespie & Seon-Ae Kim & Krishna Paudel, 2007. "Why don't producers adopt best management practices? An analysis of the beef cattle industry," Agricultural Economics, International Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 36(1), pages 89-102, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:agecon:v:36:y:2007:i:1:p:89-102
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