ERIC Number: ED218059
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Rural Life and Farmer Attitudes: An Ohio Survey. Research Circular 260.
Napier, Ted L.; And Others
Using the mailing list of the "Ohio Farmer," a 1979 mail survey assessed attitudes toward land use controls, pollution, and farm living, and examined various agricultural practices of Ohio's farmers (N=623). Farmers were found to have extensive agricultural training in the form of farm work experiences, as well as formal agricultural training, while a large number of their spouses had little or no previous farm experience or agricultural training. The farm sample was highly committed to farming as a way of life, and did not see their industry as contributing to environmental degradation. Although there was general agreement that farming as an industry faces many problems which cannot be solved by government intervention, production agriculture within Ohio was seen as quite viable, and farmers adopted new farm technologies and farming techniques as they were produced. Farmers' attitudes toward land use controls suggested that legislation to control land used in rural areas of the state would be resisted. Finally, findings clearly showed that farmers within the state are not a homogenous group relative to many issues and socio-demographic characteristics. The sociology of Ohio agriculture appears to be a viable research area which should be explored in depth. (BRR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Wooster.