Information Acquisition and Adoption of Organic Farming Practices
By: Genius, Margarita; Pantzios, Christos J.; Tzouvelekas, Vangelis
Genius, Margarita; Pantzios, Christos J.; Tzouvelekas, Vangelis, Information Acquisition and Adoption of Organic Farming Practices, Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Volume 31, Issue 1, April 2006, Pages 93-113
This study offers an empirical framework for analyzing farmers' joint decisions to adopt organic farming practices and to seek technical (i.e., farming) information from various sources. To that end, a trivariate ordered probit model is specified and implemented in the case of organic land conversion in Crete, Greece. Findings suggest that the decisions of information acquisition and organic land conversion are indeed correlated, and different farming information sources play a complementary role. Structural policies improving the farmer's allocative ability are found to play an important role in encouraging organic farming adoption.