Event Title

Recruiting farmers for lasting ecosystem benefits

Presentation Abstract

It is widely recognized that well-stewarded agricultural lands present one of the greatest opportunities to enhance, protect and sustain the Puget Sound Ecosystem into the future. Unfortunately, how to realize this promise is apparently not well understood by many who are working hard to recover Puget Sound and who's success depends upon farmer participation or cooperation. This is evidenced by the rather cursory treatment given the subject in the situational analysis for the various "Initiatives" and frustrated cries for more regulations. There the keys to recruiting farmers into needed behaviors are typically limited to a few steps: building trust, raising awareness and providing financial assistance. Though integral to the solution, they are insufficient in themselves to achieve the desired results. Until such time as the complexity of topic is recognized and resources comprehensively applied to the many factors, success in establishing a well stewarded agricultural land base will escape us. The speaker will offer insights based on his and the experiences of others so that your prospects for success in working with farmers will improve.

Session Title

Understanding What Matters to Agricultural Poducers

Conference Track

SSE2: Collaboration and Engagement

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (Seattle, WA : 2018)

Document Type

Event

SSEC Identifier

SSE2-115

Start Date

5-4-2018 2:15 PM

End Date

5-4-2018 2:30 PM

Type of Presentation

Oral

Contributing Repository

Digital content made available by University Archives, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

Geographic Coverage

Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.)

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Language

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Recruiting farmers for lasting ecosystem benefits

It is widely recognized that well-stewarded agricultural lands present one of the greatest opportunities to enhance, protect and sustain the Puget Sound Ecosystem into the future. Unfortunately, how to realize this promise is apparently not well understood by many who are working hard to recover Puget Sound and who's success depends upon farmer participation or cooperation. This is evidenced by the rather cursory treatment given the subject in the situational analysis for the various "Initiatives" and frustrated cries for more regulations. There the keys to recruiting farmers into needed behaviors are typically limited to a few steps: building trust, raising awareness and providing financial assistance. Though integral to the solution, they are insufficient in themselves to achieve the desired results. Until such time as the complexity of topic is recognized and resources comprehensively applied to the many factors, success in establishing a well stewarded agricultural land base will escape us. The speaker will offer insights based on his and the experiences of others so that your prospects for success in working with farmers will improve.