Effect of Rancher’s Management Philosophy, Grazing Practices, and Personal Characteristics on Sustainability Indices for North Central Texas Rangeland Page: 81
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agriculture industry professionals, especially those in production agriculture are extremely
adverse to disclosure of personal information and perceptions.
Respondents with acreage completely within the 6 county area were in control of a total
of 327,017 acres, ranging from the smallest acreage of around 80 acres, to the largest ranch
comprising 18,000 acres. The area represented by respondents is approximately 13.65 % of the
acreage in pasture and rangeland in the 6 counties. When including respondents with acreage
outside of the 6 county area, the total number of acres being represented were 358,717. USDA
only reports the single category "pasture and rangeland" and there is no single category
recognized as only "rangeland". The term "pasture" would include all types of improved and
introduced grasses such as bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon), kleingrass (Panicum coloratumra),
and improved bluestems (Bothriochloa ischaemum and Bothriochloa bladhii) (Table 4-1). The
first question in the survey asks perspective respondents, "Do you own and/or manage native
rangeland that is utilized for livestock grazing?" If the answer was "No", the potential
respondent was asked to "Please stop here and return questionnaire in the attached postage-paid
envelope." No was selected by 64 of the respondents as indicated earlier.
Because of its complex, muti-dimensional nature, agricultural sustainability is most often
assessed using numerous indicators, (Sydorovych and Wossink, 2008). This fact is reflected by
the large number of questions and variables included in the survey. Because of this each variable
will not be discussed by itself. Appendix C records the descriptive statistics for each variable. A
brief discussion concerning general characteristics of each section will follow.
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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/m1/92/: accessed September 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .