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Given the continuing potential loss from soil erosion and the significant effort put forth recently to alleviate the problem in Aroostook County, it is important to study ways to improve the success rate of that effort. One way to improve the soil loss problem is for farmers to adopt conservation tillage practices for those areas where there are significant benefits from doing so. The objective of this study is to identify the characteristics important in the adoption decisions of Aroostook County farmers. The Maine results will be compared with results from a study in Iowa to identify any differences in the decisionmaking process in Maine relative to Iowa.
Maine Agricultural Experiment Station
soil erosion, conservation tillage
Agricultural and Resource Economics
Marra, M.C., and B.C. Ssali. 1990. The role of human capital in the adoption of conservation tillage: The case of Aroostook County, Maine, potato farmers. Maine Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletin 831.