Since the 1970's, the Colorado Master Gardenersm (MG) program in Boulder County has had volunteer opportunities external to the extension office site. Collaboration occurs with various green industry locations via “clinics”. Volunteers are on location Friday through Sunday, April through mid-July to answer questions for the public at large. Due to the length of time this program had been in place, the staff time and resources committed to it, and budget cutbacks, need for a study of impact and effectiveness of this program was identified. A three-year study was conducted to determine efficacy, pertinence and should this system remain status quo. In year 1, a sampling of the general public was conducted to determine: behavioral change as a result of receiving information (such as a diagnosis); was the information delivered in a timely fashion; satisfaction level; pesticide usage trends; continuance of this program and other data points. In year 2, active MG's in Boulder County were surveyed about participation at various facilities, information about clientele activity, and success rate with clients. Additionally, their comfort level on ability to assist clients plus their perception of the value of clinics to the community were surveyed. Data on diagnostics was correlated with weekly statistics. In year 3, partnering Green Industry collaborators were surveyed to gauge satisfaction with clinic service, timeliness of clinic schedule, and value of clinic service to business, and overall benefits to their staff resources. Reports on each survey will be delivered.
specializing in edible food crops, nursery plants, and greenhouse plants. Recent surveys of the turfgrass and edible food crop production sectors showed these horticulture industries are important to Iowa's economy. The turfgrass industry reported over $1
completed surveys of the cut flower industries in the United States and Canada ( Loyola et al., 2019 ) and noted the need to do similar surveys on the cut flower industries of South and Central America. The purpose of the current study is to assess the major
IPM practices are regularly assessed and evaluated. The first known comprehensive survey assessment of pest management on US golf facilities was conducted in 2007 by Lyman et al. (2012 ) and was repeated in 2016 ( Gelernter et al. 2016 ). These
Cut flower production in the United States and Canada has resurged in recent years. A survey conducted by Granitz (2014) found that 67% of the cut flower producers in North Carolina experienced an increase in demand for cut flowers, especially
documented. The National Nursery Survey was conducted four times at 5-year intervals, in 1988, 1993, 1998, and 2003, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) multistate committee on economics and marketing of horticultural products. Mail surveys were
awareness of first graders in the areas of science, nutrition, and environmental awareness. Materials and methods Survey development. Assessment of impact was determined by a survey of parental perceptions of their child's behavior after the child
The authors gratefully acknowledge John Brooker of the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Tennessee for providing survey data.
Acknowledgment is made to Dave Trinka and Gretchen Sonntag of Michigan Blueberry Growers Association, and Bob Tritten from MSU Genesee County Extension for assistance with this survey. Funding for this project was provided by Project GREEEN and by a
wholesale value of nursery plants in 2006 in 17 states surveyed was $4.65 bn with 7292 producers and 471,106 acres in production ( USDA, National Ag Statistics Service, 2007b ). Four product categories accounted for 58% of nursery production: broadleaf