Purdue University Graduate School
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Understanding how crop insurance impacts adoption of conservation practices

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posted on 2019-10-17, 18:29 authored by Michelle R HemlerMichelle R Hemler
In recent years, agricultural magazine articles have positioned crop insurance requirements as a barrier to conservation adoption. Our research uses a mixed-methods design with Midwest conventional corn farmers to identify if crop insurance is a hindrance to adoption. Qualitative data was analyzed in Nvivo using thematic coding and quantitative data was analyzed using Stata statistical software. Our results indicate that crop insurance is not a direct barrier to adoption. Rather, farmers identify distinct and complimentary outcomes for risk-management from participating in both crop insurance and conservation. These findings reflect broader perspectives on Midwest conventional corn producers’ beliefs and rationale for using crop insurance and/or conservation practices.


Degree Type

  • Master of Science


  • Forestry and Natural Resources

Campus location

  • West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Linda Prokopy

Additional Committee Member 2

Otto Doering

Additional Committee Member 3

Nathanael Thompson