To understand environmental conditions Pennsylvania agricultural producers had observed in the past and what their environmental concerns were for the future, we conducted a statewide survey. We used Spearman rank order correlations to show differences between past observations and future concerns regarding environmental conditions and found a disconnect between what respondents previously had observed and their anticipations for the future. Additionally, we used chi-square analysis to determine whether perspectives on environmental conditions were related to producer demographic characteristics. Two demographic variables were significant: generation of farmer and political affiliation. Our findings can assist Extension professionals in developing programs tailored to target audiences' environmental perceptions and demographics.
Thorn, K., Radhakrishna, R., & Tobin, D. (2019). Pennsylvania Agricultural Producers' Observations of Changing Environmental Conditions: Implications for Research and Extension. The Journal of Extension, 57(4), Article 12. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol57/iss4/12