Project ID

E2006-20

Abstract

Based on findings of this project, the adaptive landscape changes needed to significantly incorporate perennial vegetation strategies into Iowa's Corn Belt-dominated agriculture are possible if a coordinated strategy of change is coupled across three scales: field/individual, landscape/community, and regional/institutional.

Key Question

What factors promote or hinder the adoption of perennial conservation practices by producers?

Findings

The project revealed constraints and opportunities in the Corn Belt social-ecological system, and has the potential to inform the development of conservation policies and markets that encourage the adoption of perennial conservation practices. This means more straightforward workable policies from the producer perspective.

Principal Investigator(s)

Lisa A. Schulte Moore

Co-Investigator(s)

Ryan C. Atwell, Lynne M. Westphal

Year of Grant Completion

2010

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