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dc.contributor.advisorJames, Harvey S. (Harvey Stanley), Jr.eng
dc.contributor.authorStallman, Heidi Rutheng
dc.date.issued2015eng
dc.date.submitted2015 Springeng
dc.description.abstractManaging agricultural lands to provide ecosystem services (ES), such as natural pollination, may be essential for the long-term sustainability of agriculture. Most agricultural lands, however, are managed for the short-term production of food, fiber, and fuel, often at the expense of other ES, such as water quality and biodiversity. This dissertation explores cooperative solutions to the problem, where farmers work together to provide ES. We find that natural pest control, pollinating services and water quality are the agricultural-related ES most suited to cooperative management. We find that most Missouri farmers are willing to cooperate to control pests, and simple, local cooperative efforts may be more popular than more formal, regional efforts. In addition, the benefits of cooperation, environmental concern, social capital, extension agent contact and farmer preference for group work, are much more important than trust in determining which farmers may be willing to cooperate. This dissertation is important because it may help policy-makers and social entrepreneurs to organize farmers and to encourage the cooperative management of important agricultural-related ES.eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/46900
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10-32469/10355/46900eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.rightsOpenAccesseng
dc.rights.licenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License.eng
dc.subject.FASTEcosystem serviceseng
dc.subject.FASTAgriculture -- Cooperativeeng
dc.subject.FASTFarmers -- Attitudeseng
dc.titleThe cooperative provision of ecosystem services in agricultureeng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineAgricultural and applied economics (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelDoctoraleng
thesis.degree.namePh. D.eng


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