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Environmental management strategies in agriculture


  • Rick Welsh


  • Rebecca Rivers


There is a large literature on technology adoption and environmental management in agriculture. Included in this literature are debates about the role world view or attitudinal variables play in adoption decisions, and whether smaller farms or larger farms exhibit superior environmental performance or differ in commitment to environmental values. In this paper we attempt to extend the literature in this area by proposing and measuring discrete environmental management approaches among sixty-six farmers in Northern New York. Using key informants interviews, purposeful sampling of farmers and a mail survey we find two environmental management types: (1) the larger-scale conservation farmer; and (2) the alternative/ecological farmer. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011

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  • Rick Welsh & Rebecca Rivers, 2011. "Environmental management strategies in agriculture," Agriculture and Human Values, Springer;The Agriculture, Food, & Human Values Society (AFHVS), vol. 28(3), pages 297-302, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:agrhuv:v:28:y:2011:i:3:p:297-302
    DOI: 10.1007/s10460-010-9285-7

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