Effect of Rancher’s Management Philosophy, Grazing Practices, and Personal Characteristics on Sustainability Indices for North Central Texas Rangeland Page: 55
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A Focus group was conducted during February of 2010. The focus group was made up
of key stakeholders from the north Texas cross timbers area. Identification of focus group
members occurred with the help of the Natural Resource Conservation Service's (NRCS)
management and the research team. Criteria for inclusion was management of a ranching
enterprise, which NRCS management or research team members perceive as superior for
ecosystem, economic or social outcomes. These perceived superior outcomes may have been
identified by received awards garnered by ranchers, or by physical evidence. Once identified,
selected focus group members were invited to participate by telephone, and then formally invited
by mailed invitation. It included 1 rangeland researcher, 2 rangeland educators, and 3 ranchers.
This focus group was conducted with the intent to more fully understand predominant whole-
ranch grazing management perceptions pertaining to economic, social, and ecological outcomes.
As suggested by Briske et al. (2008), this circumstantial evidence derived from successful
grazing managers experiences may be compared with experimental research to gain valuable
insight and develop a more robust approach to understanding and implementing successful
grazing management. Qualitative data collected from our focus group was documented and used
to develop questionnaires necessary for thorough assessment of whole-ranch management.
A summary of the focus group discussion was compiled and the information was used
along with the information gathered in the pilot survey to compile a second pilot survey. This
survey was sent to focus group participants. They were asked to evaluate the instrument. The
only suggestions that were received from their evaluation were in regards to typos and question
wording, rather than the substance or intent of the questions.
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Becker, Wayne. Effect of Rancher’s Management Philosophy, Grazing Practices, and Personal Characteristics on Sustainability Indices for North Central Texas Rangeland, dissertation, December 2011; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc103289/m1/66/: accessed December 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .