We describe factors to consider when establishing collaborative research projects with agricultural growers, issues that can arise in establishing these relationships, and key steps that researchers can take to improve collaborations and increase the likelihood of project success. We conclude that the most important features of successful collaborations between researchers and agricultural cooperators include: (1) discussing research goals and objectives early in the project process, (2) identifying appropriate times and modes of communicating management and research activities, and (3) finding appropriate forums to disseminate research results to the participating growers and larger agricultural community.
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Nicholas, K. A., & Hinckley, E. S. (2011). Conducting Research on Private Farms and Ranches: Approaches, Issues, and Tips. The Journal of Extension, 49(6), Article 28. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol49/iss6/28