Understanding Nebraska Producers' Responses to Farm Bill Programs

Dear Nebraska Producer,

Greetings from Lincoln! I am a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural Economics, where I have worked for the past five years, and I would like to tell you about a project that I am conducting. The study is titled “Understanding Nebraska Producers' Responses to Farm Bill Programs,” and it explores producer decision-making to improve the design of agricultural programs. If you are 19 years of age or older, I hope that you will consider participating in the study. I will conduct this study during the Crop Production Clinics being organized by Nebraska Extension in January of 2019.

If you participate in this study, you will be asked to make decisions on a computer and answer some questions explaining how and why you made your decisions during the study. You will be paid for taking the time to participate in the study. Average earnings in the study, which depend on your decisions and those of other participants, are expected to be up to $100. Your time is valuable and your input is very important, so a study will not last more than 2 hours. There are no known risks or discomforts associated with this study. Individuals who participate in the study will gain experience in decision-making in an agricultural economic setting. The results of this study will help us understand factors influencing Nebraska producers’ behavior in response to Farm Bill Programs.

All of your responses during this study will be kept confidential. All data collected will be kept in password protected,secured computers and on internet cloud software,such as UNL Box, which is protected by UNL’s internet security team. Your responses are anonymous and will not be connected to your name.

If you have questions about the research project, please feel free to contact me at any time via my email (simanti.banerjee@unl.edu) or by phone (419-377-8581). If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant, please call the Research Compliance Services Office at 402-472-6965 or irb@unl.edu.

Participation in this study is voluntary. You can withdraw your registration at any time without any repercussions and without harming your relationship with the researcher, UNL, or the organizers of the Crop Production Clinics. Please note that by registering, you are giving your consent to receive information and a few reminders about your participation in this study when, and if, you attend the Crop Production Clinics. Please print a copy of this page for your records. I know this is a busy time of the year for you, so I greatly appreciate your involvement.


Simanti Banerjee
Faculty, Department of Agricultural Economics
University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska

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