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

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By Vikram Koundinya1, Jenna Klink1, Amber Mase1, Courtney Robinson1, Tonya Haigh2, Ajay Singh3, Sarah Church3, Melissa Widhalm3, Linda Stalker Prokopy3

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

Midwestern agricultural advisors 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.

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

Agricultural advisors are people who provide advice (e.g. agronomic, financial, conservation) to farmers. We surveyed nearly all advisors across the 12-state U2U region, including Extension employees, Certified Crop Advisors, local conservation district employees, Technical Service Providers, and Natural Resource Conservation Service employees. We received 2,719 responses for a 25% response rate. The U2U 12-state region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin.

This publication includes one CSV 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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