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dc.contributor.authorHunt, Lesley M.en
dc.contributor.authorFairweather, John R.en
dc.contributor.authorRosin, C.en
dc.contributor.authorCampbell, H.en
dc.contributor.authorLucock, David L.en
dc.contributor.authorGreer, Glenen
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-01T02:33:46Z
dc.date.issued2011en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10182/6903
dc.description.abstractFarmers produce products for markets that demand food safety and environmental sustainability, while working in a world challenged by a changing climate and decreasing water and energy resources. To meet these challenges they need to adapt and change their farming practices. We argue that studying farmer orientation from the perspective of ‘good farming’ offers an improved understanding of change in farm practices. In this article we develop the concept of ‘breadth of view’ to account for how farmers view the impact of their farming practices on social and environmental wellbeing, We then link this cultural capital to their self ascribed adaptive propensity and financial emphasis. Factor and cluster analysis of farmer survey data identified four clusters of farmers each with different combinations of levels of cultural capital to do with social and environmental breath of view, adaptive propensity and financial emphasis. By considering the sheep/beef farmers from the ARGOS programme within these survey clusters we were able to associate the overall attitudinal qualities of each cluster with on-farm environmental and financial practices and outcomes. One cluster, which had the highest adaptive propensity and the highest social and environmental breadth of view achieved some higher environmental and economic outcomes on their farms. Using our knowledge of the farmers in this cluster we were able to ascertain the nature of their adaptation to demonstrate how they did things that were unthinkable to other farmers. The results are interpreted in terms of how breadth of view may have different effects, that is, be either a source of new ideas or a driver of conformity, and also to show how farmers may be able to achieve the unthinkable, suggesting it is possible for farmers to farm environmentally, socially and economically sustainably in quite different ways.en
dc.format.extent197-203en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherInternational Farm Management Association (IFMA)en
dc.relationThe original publication is available from - International Farm Management Association (IFMA) - http://www.ifmaonline.org/en
dc.rightsCopyright © The Authors.en
dc.source18th International Farm Management Congressen
dc.subjectcultural capitalen
dc.subjectfarmer orientationen
dc.subjectgood farmeren
dc.subjectunthinkableen
dc.subjectbreadth of viewen
dc.subjectadaptationen
dc.titleDoing the unthinkable: linking farmers' breadth of view and adaptive propensity to the achievement of social, environment and economic outcomesen
dc.typeConference Contribution - Published
lu.contributor.unitLincoln Universityen
lu.contributor.unitAgribusiness and Economics Research Uniten
lu.contributor.unitApplied Management and Computingen
dc.subject.anzsrc070106 Farm Management, Rural Management and Agribusinessen
dc.subject.anzsrc160804 Rural Sociologyen
dc.relation.isPartOfProceedings of the International Farm Management 18 (IFMA18) Congressen
pubs.finish-date2011-03-25en
pubs.organisational-group/LU
pubs.organisational-group/LU/Agribusiness & Economics Research Unit
pubs.organisational-group/LU/AMAC
pubs.publication-statusPublisheden
pubs.publisher-urlhttp://www.ifmaonline.org/en
pubs.start-date2011-03-20en
lu.identifier.orcid0000-0002-1478-3486
lu.subtypeConference Paperen


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