I'm anticipating graduating Summer 2023
My work aims to delineate an integrated framework to identify determining factors preventing further adoptions of conservative practices and non-conventional inputs with direct impact on sustainable agriculture. It takes the case of specialty crop operations in the Midwest region, and examines whether growers’ level of knowledge, attitudes and beliefs, socioeconomic characteristics, and farming characteristics have significant effect on the probability of purchasing and using biopesticides. The immediate goal is to identify the origins for low adoption rates of biopesticides amongst specialty crop growers in the region of interest. Results from this project are expected to initiate a fundamental change in producers’ behavior and foster adoption of biopesticides when its application led to efficiency gains and/or reduced reliance on conventional chemicals.
As a former intern through the Ohio Program, I was always excited about the idea of pursuing a graduate program at the HCS department at Ohio State. When I met Dr. Guil Signorini and got to know his field of research I realized it was matching with all my personal interests and desires. I was sold when he told me about his project on understanding growers and horticulture industry experts’ attitudes towards sustainable agriculture.