Barriers to adopting best management practices aiming at soil fertility and GHG mitigation across dairy farmers in The Netherlands

Renske Hijbeek, Annette Pronk, Hein ten Berge, Martin van Ittersum, Greet Ruysschaert, Jan Verhagen

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    Field management practices such as the use of green manure crops, incorporating crop residues (e.g. straw) or using organic fertilisers (e.g. compost) may serve twofold purpose: increase the quality of the soil on a farm and also contribute to climate change mitigation.
    In The Netherlands, both dairy an arable farmers make limited use of these options as has been shown by a recent number of interviews with agricultural extension officers. In an ongoing study we try to identify the barriers for adopting these management practices among both arable and dairy farmers on different soil types. In this study we follow the theory of planned behaviour. In the theory of planned behaviour three categories are considered to determine the decision process of an individual: the perceived possible effects of an action (the outcomes), the social context (the referents) and the degree of control (the control factors). During the winter of 2012/2013, semi-structured interviews were held with 20 farmers to assess the possible outcomes, referents and control factors for a number of management practices. During summer and autumn of 2013 a large internet survey will be held among both arable and dairy farmers in different parts of The Netherlands to find out how farmers evaluate each variable for different management practices. As the questions are based on the semi-structured interviews, we use a bottom-up approach to increase
    our understanding on adopting management practices. In the analysis we will try to relate the perceptions of the farmers to conditions such as soil type, farm intensity and farm size and the economic context. In the winter of 2013 and 2014 we will conclude the analysis phase and be ready to present the first results.
    TaalEngels
    TitelIFSA Conference Proceedings
    EditorsThomas Aenis, Andrea Knierim, Maja-Catrin Riecher, Rebecka Ridder, Heike Schobert, Holger Fischer
    Datum2014
    Pagina's1907-1914
    StatusGepubliceerd - 2014
    Evenement11th European IFSA Symposium - Berlijn, Duitsland
    Duur: 1-apr-20144-apr-2014

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