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Assessing landowners'/producers' attitudes toward and motivations for participating in conservation programs beneficial to wildlife


August 2012 - July 2015


The behaviors of individual land-owners, many of whom actively farm their properties, have the potential to conserve water quality as well restore and conserve fisheries and wildlife habitat. In fact, the steering committee for the Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC has identified a need to better understand the motivations of landowners for participating in programs that improve wildlife habitat and water quality in the region. This proposal addresses that need.

The scope of this study is to: 1) evaluate if wildlife benefits are a driving factor for producer enrollment in USDA programs that address the resource concern of water quality in terms of sedimentation and nutrient loading; and 2) to identify and evaluate the motivating reasons that producers enter into sustainable agricultural systems. The outcomes of this study will provide insight into designing and developing programs, practices and messages that encourage broader participation in conservation programs and sustainable practices within the agricultural community.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 240

Phd Students: 143

Post Docs: 52

University Staff: 245

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 702

Scientific Publications: 1948

Presentations: 4253



Funding Agencies

  • USFWS - Eastern Tallgrass Prairie LCC


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey