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he adoption of water-saving technologies and best management practices help farmers and ranchers save water and contribute to protecting the environment. The PIE Center explores perceptions and opinions related to the adoption of best management practices as well as looking at the messages, sources and channels that can best inform the public. Click on the project names below to read short summaries, download final reports, useful graphics and more.

Citra, Pivot irrigation watering fields. UF/IFAS Photo: Josh WickhamPublic vs. policymaker opinions of agricultural water use

Faculty: Alexa Lamm, Ricky Telg
Funded by: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Florida Farm Bureau, Florida Dairy Farmers

The PIE Center partnered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Florida Farm Bureau and Florida Dairy Farmers to explore residents’ perceptions of agricultural water use and how the organizations could best communicate with the public. PIE Center researchers distributed an online survey to Floridians at least 18 years old and older, as well as local government officials such as city and county commissioners and managers, mayors and city clerks.

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Agricultural irrigation projects

  • Increasing nursery growers' use of water conservation technologies

    Faculty: Alexa Lamm Staff: Emmett Martin Funded by: Specialty Crop Research Initiative, USDA Access to high-quality water for irrigation is increasingly limited, and growers need to develop alternative sources of water. However, producers tend to be reluctant to adopt recycled or reclaimed water because of concerns about pathogens, bacteria and cost. The project team will create an online community to help producers understand and implement alternative water sources as part of this five-year, $8.9 million project. PIE Center researchers will identify current practices growers are engaged in and recognize the barriers to implementation of innovative technologies. The results will then be used to guide extension material development to assist in the adoption of new practices. Website
  • Using a mobile app to reduce water usage

    Faculty: Alexa Lamm Funded by: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA PIE Center researchers will collect farmers' opinions so developers can adapt and improve a mobile app focused on crop irrigation scheduling and reducing water usage. PIE Center researchers will specifically focus on the barriers to adoption.
  • Public vs. policymaker opinions of agricultural water use

    Faculty: Alexa Lamm, Ricky Telg Funded by: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Florida Farm Bureau, Florida Dairy Farmers The PIE Center partnered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Florida Farm Bureau and Florida Dairy Farmers to explore residents’ perceptions of agricultural water use and how the organizations could best communicate with the public. PIE Center researchers distributed an online survey to Floridians at least 18 years old and older, as well as local government officials such as city and county commissioners and managers, mayors and city clerks. Final report  Issue guide