ERIC Number: ED072345
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
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Farmers' Use of Publications. Report of a Survey of Ontario Farmers' Receipt and Use of Three Technical Publications of the Ontario Department of Agriculture and Food.
Blackburn, Donald J.
A survey was conducted to determine the extent of Ontario farmers' receipt, use and perception of three publications of the Ontario Department of Agriculture and Food--"Field Crop Recommendations for Ontario,""Guide to Chemical Weed Control" and "Dairy Husbandry in Ontario." A questionnaire was mailed in May 1969 to a two percent random sample (1,936 eligible respondents) of all commercial and non-commercial farmers in Ontario. The response rate was slightly more than 46 percent, or 986 questionnaires. Results showed that: (1) 49 percent received one or more publications; (2) 33 percent received two or more publication while 16 percent received only one; (3) 1/4 of all respondents were unaware of the availability of ODAF publications; (4) age, income and educational level appeared to be related to the number of publications received--(a) as age increased, the number declined; (b) higher income and educational attainment tended to be associated with receipt of more publications; (5) 95-97 percent of those who received at least one indicated it was at least "fairly valuable"; (6) the amount read was not associated with any of the variables; and (7) nearly half of the recipients received publications from an Agricultural Representative rather than through the mail. The questionnaire, characteristics of respondents, and sample representativeness are provided in appendices. (KM)
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Sponsor: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Toronto.
Authoring Institution: Guelph Univ. (Ontario). Ontario Agricultural Coll.
Identifiers - Location: Canada