Agricultural Advisors’ Climate Risk Perceptions: 2013 Survey Data

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By Stuart Carlton1, Tonya Haigh2, Cody Knutson2, Maria Lemos3, Amber Mase4, Jean McGuire5, Lois Morton5, Linda S. Prokopy6, Melissa J. Widhalm6

1. Texas A&M University / Texas Sea Grant 2. University of Nebraska-Lincoln 3. University of Michigan 4. University of Wisconsin 5. Iowa State University 6. Purdue University

Agricultural advisors in 4 Midwestern states were surveyed in Feb 2013 about their climate risk perceptions, climate change beliefs, and willingness to use climate information.

Version 1.0 - published on 29 Nov 2016 doi:10.4231/R7707ZDF - cite this Archived on 25 Oct 2016

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Agricultural advisors in four Midwestern states (Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, and Nebraska) were surveyed (via email) in February 2013 about their climate risk perceptions, climate change beliefs, and willingness to use climate information. This survey was a follow-up to a similar study that was conducted in February 2012 (for details see Prokopy, L.S. et al. 2013. “Agricultural Advisors: A Receptive Audience for Weather and Climate Information?” Weather, Climate, and Society, 5:162-167).

Agricultural advisors are technical specialists who advise corn farmers on a variety of issues such as farm management practices, conservation practices, and economic issues. This includes certified crop advisors, soil scientists, agricultural retailers, bankers, grower groups, university extension, USDA Farm Service Agency staff, Natural Resource Conservation Service staff, agricultural cooperatives, agricultural lawyers, county weed supervisors, local conservation districts, State Department of Agriculture staff, and State Department of Environment/Natural Resources staff. Contact lists for this survey were primarily generated manually from relevant organization and agency websites. In a few cases the organization either provided us with contacts lists or distributed invitations to their members to participate in the survey. In total 5,478 advisors received the 2013 survey and 1,703 responded. A screening question was used to determine which respondents directly advise corn farmers.

This publication includes one Excel file containing the raw unidentifiable data collected from all 1,703 survey respondents along with a PDF file containing the survey codebook. The codebook defines the variables used within the Excel file, lists the questions as stated to the respondents, and provides information about how each question response was formatted.   

Support for this this research was provided by:

  • NOAA Sectoral Application Research Program (SARP) Award Number NA13OAR431012, project titled "Evaluating the Impact of Extreme Drought on Farm Advisors’ Perceptions of Climate Risks in the U.S. Corn Belt"
  • USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Award Number 2011-68002-30220, project titled "Useful to Usable (U2U): Transforming Climate Variability and Change Information for Cereal Crop Producers"
  • Purdue University, Clifford B. Kinley Award, project titled “The Impact of the 2012 Drought on Midwestern Farm Advisors’ Perceptions, Attitudes, and Willingness to Respond to Climate Change”

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