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Agri-Environment Advisory Activities Effects on Best Management Practices Adoption

Tamini, Lota D. (2009): Agri-Environment Advisory Activities Effects on Best Management Practices Adoption.

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Abstract

This study investigates the factors that determine producers’ participation in agri-environmental advisory activities and their adoption of best management practices (BMPs) in Quebec (Canada). Data were collected from farmers in telephone interviews and the impacts of agri-environmental extension activities were analysed using average treatment effect and local average treatment effect, estimated with non-parametric approaches. The average effects of agri-environmental extension activities are statistically significant for the majority of BMPs. We also find a statistically significant formal diffusion effect of producer‘s membership in an agri-environmental advisory club. The informal diffusion effect is statistically significant for BMPs that need specific knowledge.

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