Getting agricultural producers to make changes to their operations is difficult, especially related to complex systems such as the water cycle on managed agricultural lands. We surveyed participants who had watched a rainfall simulator demonstration during the summer of 2015. Results indicate that the demonstration was effective in providing educational outreach on the impact of the water cycle and prompting the adoption of conservation practices and monitoring techniques among producers. The study reinforces the importance in conservation education of learning experiences involving simulation, observation, and group discussion. Our findings may be applicable not only to Extension professionals working with agricultural producers but also to those involved in encouraging conservation practices among other audiences.
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Smart, A. J., Bauman, P. J., Boltz, S., & Hemenway, J. (2017). Demonstration-Based Education Generates Behavior Change Related to Conservation Practices. The Journal of Extension, 55(3), Article 16. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.55.03.16