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Farmers' Climate Risk Perceptions and Use of Climate Information: 2016 Survey Data

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By Ajay Singh1, Jackie Getson1, Laura Esman1, Vikram Koundinya1, Jenna Klink2, Amber Mase3, Tonya Haigh4, Melissa Widhalm1, Linda Stalker Prokopy1

1. Purdue University 2. University of Wisconsin-Madison 3. University of Wisconsin 4. University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Midwestern farmers were surveyed in late 2016 to measure their perceptions and attitudes about weather and climate, their awareness of the U2U project, and their use of U2U tools.

Version 1.0 - published on 29 Nov 2018 doi:10.4231/R78W3BBV - cite this Archived on 27 Jun 2017

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In late 2016, an end-of-project assessment survey was conducted with Midwestern farmers as part of the USDA-NIFA funded Useful to Usable (U2U) project (www.AgClimate4U.org). The purpose of the survey was to measure farmers’ perceptions and attitudes about weather and climate, their awareness of the U2U project, and their use of U2U tools.

Farmers were randomly selected from a publicly available list of landowners who received federal assistance from the Farm Service Agency in 2013 or 2014. Surveys were sent to over 6,000 landowners across the entire 12-state U2U region, which includes: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin. Oversampling occurring in the four states where the U2U project conducted most of its outreach (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska). A total of 2,636 responses were received for a response rate of 39%. Of those who responded, 1,536 were farmers who completed the survey.

This publication includes one Excel file containing the raw unidentifiable data collected from the 2016 survey respondents along with a PDF file containing the survey code book, a PDF file further describing the data collection methodology, and a PDF file of the actual survey used to collect the data.

Support for this research was provided by 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."

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