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Which factors influence farmers' intentions to adopt nutrient management planning?
J Environ Manage. 2018 Oct 15; 224:350-360.JE

Abstract

The adoption of nutrient management practices can lead to win-win outcomes in terms of both improving productivity and reducing the environmental impact of farming. However, adoption of key practices remains below expectations globally. Few studies specifically focus on the adoption of nutrient management practices and the majority overlook psychological factors in their analysis. This study examines the factors which influence Irish farmers' intention to apply fertiliser on the basis of soil test results. An expanded version of the theory of planned behaviour is used as a framework for analysis. The influence of policy is also accounted for by this study which requires certain farmers in Ireland to adopt soil testing on a mandatory basis. The results for the national sample (n = 1009) show that attitudes, subjective norms (social pressure), perceived behavioural control (ease/difficulty) and perceived resources are significant and positively associated with farmers' intentions. In terms of the voluntary sample (n = 587), only attitude, perceived behavioural control and perceived resources are significantly and positively associated with farmers' intentions. Whereas, for the mandatory sample (n = 422), subjective norms, perceived behavioural control and perceived resources are significantly and correlated in a positive direction with intentions. A number of farm and farmer characteristics are also significantly associated with intentions. Policy recommendations are made based on these results.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Teagasc Rural Economy and Development Programme, Mellows Campus, Athenry, Co. Galway, Ireland; Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), King's Buildings, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK; University of Edinburgh, School of Geo-Sciences, King's Buildings, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. Electronic address: Amar.Daxini@sruc.ac.uk.NUIG Policy Lab, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland.Teagasc Rural Economy and Development Programme, Mellows Campus, Athenry, Co. Galway, Ireland.Teagasc Rural Economy and Development Programme, Mellows Campus, Athenry, Co. Galway, Ireland.Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), King's Buildings, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.Teagasc Environment Soils and Land Use, Johnstown Castle, Wexford, Ireland.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

30059933

Citation

Daxini, Amar, et al. "Which Factors Influence Farmers' Intentions to Adopt Nutrient Management Planning?" Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 224, 2018, pp. 350-360.
Daxini A, O'Donoghue C, Ryan M, et al. Which factors influence farmers' intentions to adopt nutrient management planning? J Environ Manage. 2018;224:350-360.
Daxini, A., O'Donoghue, C., Ryan, M., Buckley, C., Barnes, A. P., & Daly, K. (2018). Which factors influence farmers' intentions to adopt nutrient management planning? Journal of Environmental Management, 224, 350-360. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.07.059
Daxini A, et al. Which Factors Influence Farmers' Intentions to Adopt Nutrient Management Planning. J Environ Manage. 2018 Oct 15;224:350-360. PubMed PMID: 30059933.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Which factors influence farmers' intentions to adopt nutrient management planning? AU - Daxini,Amar, AU - O'Donoghue,Cathal, AU - Ryan,Mary, AU - Buckley,Cathal, AU - Barnes,Andrew P, AU - Daly,Karen, Y1 - 2018/07/27/ PY - 2018/04/26/received PY - 2018/06/29/revised PY - 2018/07/17/accepted PY - 2018/7/31/pubmed PY - 2018/11/6/medline PY - 2018/7/31/entrez KW - Adoption KW - Farmer behaviour KW - Farmer decision making KW - Intentions KW - Logistic regression KW - Nutrient management planning KW - Principal component analysis KW - Theory of planned behaviour SP - 350 EP - 360 JF - Journal of environmental management JO - J. Environ. Manage. VL - 224 N2 - The adoption of nutrient management practices can lead to win-win outcomes in terms of both improving productivity and reducing the environmental impact of farming. However, adoption of key practices remains below expectations globally. Few studies specifically focus on the adoption of nutrient management practices and the majority overlook psychological factors in their analysis. This study examines the factors which influence Irish farmers' intention to apply fertiliser on the basis of soil test results. An expanded version of the theory of planned behaviour is used as a framework for analysis. The influence of policy is also accounted for by this study which requires certain farmers in Ireland to adopt soil testing on a mandatory basis. The results for the national sample (n = 1009) show that attitudes, subjective norms (social pressure), perceived behavioural control (ease/difficulty) and perceived resources are significant and positively associated with farmers' intentions. In terms of the voluntary sample (n = 587), only attitude, perceived behavioural control and perceived resources are significantly and positively associated with farmers' intentions. Whereas, for the mandatory sample (n = 422), subjective norms, perceived behavioural control and perceived resources are significantly and correlated in a positive direction with intentions. A number of farm and farmer characteristics are also significantly associated with intentions. Policy recommendations are made based on these results. SN - 1095-8630 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/30059933/Which_factors_influence_farmers'_intentions_to_adopt_nutrient_management_planning L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0301-4797(18)30811-9 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -