Effect of Rancher’s Management Philosophy, Grazing Practices, and Personal Characteristics on Sustainability Indices for North Central Texas Rangeland Page: 80
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Chapter 4 provides the results of the study. It is divided into 3 parts. First, results
concerning the response rate and related agricultural statistics concerning the amount of land
from the six counties polled were discussed. Next and overview of the descriptive statistics is
given for sections 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. A question by question description of section 6, "Personal
Characteristics" is given. Finally, results from each of nine statistical procedures are given.
Seven of these procedures lead up to hierarchical regression analysis. After the regression,
results from the non-response bias survey are given.
Of the 188 respondents, 124 indicated that they managed livestock on native rangeland
and went on to answer most questions in the survey. The remaining 64 respondent indicated that
they either did not own native rangeland, that they did not manage livestock on their land, or that
they simply lacked the knowledge of the land to answer the survey. Essentially, when
discounting the 64 unintentionally sampled respondents who indicated they were unable to
complete the questionnaire because they did not fit the target population, the total population
would have been 486. With 124 responding from this population, response rate would be 25.5%.
While this response rate is not ideal, it is in line with other studies seeking the opinion of
agricultural producers. Greiner et al. (2008) conducted a survey of farmer's motivations, polling
685 producers. They were able to gather 114 responses, or 16.6%. Similarly, Sydoravych and
Wossink (2008) polled a mixed group of agricultural producers, scientists and agriculture
industry employees; of that group they were only able to get a response rate of 25%. They
"believed that response rate was adequate, given no reward was offered". It is possible that
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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/m1/91/: accessed June 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .