Conservation Reserve Program in Illinois: Investigation of Participants' Motives, Expectations, and Desired Outcomes

Craig A. Miller, Brent D. Williams, Linda K. Campbell, Laura A. Schweizer

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Abstract

A mail survey of 5,000 Illinois agriculture producers resulted in a 39% response rate. Survey questions focused on conservation program enrollment and wildlife habitat conservation. More than half (56%) of respondents were currently participating or participated in the past in a conservation program. At the time of the survey thirty-four percent of agriculture producers participated in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and 91% were familiar with this program. Native grasses/forbs and wildlife habitat were the most commonly reported conservation practices performed by respondents. The most important reasons among survey respondents for enrolling in a conservation program were to reduce soil erosion, increase wildlife habitat, and improve water quality. The majority of agriculture producers (85%) believed that it is their personal responsibility to help protect wildlife, whereas only 62% believed that farmers as a whole were doing their part to protect wildlife habitat.
Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherIllinois Natural History Survey
StatePublished - 2017

Publication series

NameINHS Technical Report 2017 (17)
No.17

Keywords

  • INHS

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