If you received this survey, it is because you attended the Compost Council's workshops on the "Biology of Soil Health". We are asking you to answer a few questions on the subject of soil health and farming. The main catergories include: what you see as the barriers to adopting soil-health BMPs; how you value some possible incentives for overcoming those barriers; your feedback on our workshop; and some information (from the farmers among you) about your current practices. The survey should only take a few minutes of your time. Thanks for your cooperation!
Which of the following best describes your participation in agriculture?
Into which of the following age categories do you fall:
2 How important are extra costs, such as new equipment and cover crop seeds?
In the next seven questions, we will be asking you about the value of various possible incentives for adopting soil-health best management practices, such as minimum tillage and cover crops.
8 How valuable, as a possible incentive, is the availability of local, low-cost, convenient workshops on how to implement best management practices?
11 How valuable, as a possible incentive, are low-cost, practical workshops, offered locally, on how to conduct on-farm testing of soil health?
12 How valuable, as a possible incentive, is the availability of local mentors (consisting of farmers already practicing soil health methods)?
14 Are there any other incentives for adopting soil-health practices that you feel would be valuable?
The next six questions are to solicit your feedback on the Compost Council's "Biology of Soil Health" workshop:
15 How likely are you to recommend this workshop to a friend or colleague?
19 Would you recommend this workshop to friends and colleagues?
20 Are you able to suggest anything that would improve the overall usefulness of the "Biology of Soil Health" workshops?
The remaining seven questions are for farmers/commercial growers only.
21 Please list your main crops.
22 Which of the following practices do you already employ, at least to some degree, on your farm?
23 What impact did your attendance at the “Biology of Soil Health” workshop have on your understanding of soil health?
27 Please rank the following goals in terms of personal importance.