Category: General Information

Improving NRCS’s Efforts to Sell Conservation

In a meeting between CBEAR and USDA employees from different agencies*, people had conflicting opinions about what approach would work best in a new outreach program on soil health.

Increasing Voluntary Support for NACD

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is funded by voluntary contributions from its member Conservation Districts. These contributions are used to provide districts with representation at the national level. Despite these collective benefits, not every district contributes the suggested annual contribution amount, and many do not contribute at all.

FPAC Training

CBEAR created a training course that synthesizes the latest scientific knowledge about human behavior for the USDA Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) staff. The course contains three modules: Why Farmers Adopt Conservation Practices Applying Behavioral Insights to Sell Conservation Evidence Based Conservation Communication- How to Learn if your Conservation Communication is working These modules explore…
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Application to Current Policy

Results from Ag Values Project studies have shown that by changing the default starting price of a cost-share program, the government’s share could be reduced. Given the billions of dollars spent every year on agri-environmental cost-share programs by USDA and its partners, saving even a small portion would reduce government costs by millions of dollars.

Landowners name their voluntary cost-share

Ag Values Project: Agricultural Values, Innovation & Stewardship Enhancement Project CBEAR created the Ag Values Project project as a place to testbed behavioral insights in the agricultural context. By creating a “name-your-own cost-share” auction, we have been able to improve environmental outcomes, like water quality and invasive species control. Ag Values Project has demonstrated that…
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Events & Workshops: Postponed until 2021. It is with deep regret that The Center for Behavioral and Experimental Agri-environmental Research (CBEAR) has decided to postpone the 2020 Conference on Behavioral & Experimental Agri-Environmental Research in Baltimore, Maryland, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the News

“Despite Resolutions, People Buy More Food After New Year” | University of Vermont: University Communications CBEAR Co-PI David Just’s research on quantities of food purchased at different times of the year is discussed. In general, it’s noted that people buy the most food after the New Year, including holiday favorites of unhealthy food as well…
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