These findings have a number of implications for education and outreach, Wilson said. Primarily, it appears farmers are not motivated to adopt BMPs by hearing about specific environmental impacts. Instead, they may be more motivated to take action if made aware of the issues in Lake Erie’s Western Basin and told how other farmers are taking action.
“A good idea may be to find ways for farmers to interact face-to-face with others from outside their immediate community, so they can hear what other farmers are doing and assess the appropriateness of those practices for their own farm,” she said. “Farm Science Review is a great place to increase those farmer networks.”
Funding for the research came from the Climate, Water and Carbon Program at Ohio State and from the National Science Foundation Coupled Human and Natural Systems Program Grant No. 1114934.
A related presentation, “Harmful algal blooms (HABs) - What you need to know!” will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 2-3 p.m. Eugene Braig, OSU Extension aquatic ecosystems program director, will demystify the potential risks of blooms, address some causes and touch on managing those causes for pond owners.
Farm Science Review is sponsored by Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, OSU Extension, and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Pre-show tickets are $5 at all OSU Extension county offices. Tickets are also available at local agribusinesses. Tickets are $8 at the gate. Children 5 and younger are admitted free. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 18-19 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 20.