THE CENTER FOR BEHAVIORAL AND EXPERIMENTAL
AGRI-ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH 


Moving Beyond Adoption to Sustainable Climate-Smart Agriculture



 

EXPERIMENTAL BEHAVIORAL ECONOMICS: 

Accelerating Sustainable Agriculture

At the Center for Behavioral and Experimental Agri-environmental Research (CBEAR), we . we are conducting groundbreaking experimental research that tests how to best mitigate and adapt to climate change.  Unique in what we do, CBEAR remains the only producer of behavioral research that applies to agricultural and environmental topics.  Our studies specifically target farming communities with the lowest participation rates; while narrowing down which conservation practices work best for these producers. By using insights from our experiments, we work with policymakers and private institutions to make conservation programs more accessible and sustainable for all communities.

GROUNDBREAKING

Experimental and Behavioral Research that Advances Sustainable Farming 

In agriculture, sustainability means good stewardship of the natural systems and environmental resources needed to produce abundant, high-quality crops. Conservation programs are more effective if their design considers the characteristics of the target population, and the associated trade-offs between economic, environmental and social outcomes.

 

CBEAR is interested in developing program delivery that targets groups of farmers with relatively low conservation practice adoption. Particularly, historically underserved producers (HUPs).  In order to help this type of producer, we must find out what is getting in their way of accessing conservation programs and this starts with examining the application process.  

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Who We Are

Learn More about the people behind CBEAR.

What We Do

We use experimental research to find paths to sustainable farming. Learn how we work.

Who Funds Us

 Learn about our funding and the projects behind it.

How We Do It

OUR SOLUTION-BASED RESEARCH FOCUSES ON:

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Improving Assistance for Farmers

We use scientific methods that make the case for technical assistance within

conservation programs.

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Accelerating Sustainable Smart Practices

We seek to understand how to best ensure that practices persist after they are adopted.

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Building an Inclusive Economy

We seek to understand if precision agriculture in crop production can lower overall input use.

OUR STRATEGY

Across Rows.  Across Sections. Across Aisles.  

We coordinate with program administrators and policy makers to incorporate behavioral insights and experimental designs into emerging and existing agri-environmental programs.  By plugging directly into these programs, we identify how applications of behavioral science can be used to improve agri-environmental programs. 

Sharing Research Findings

Registration is now open for our annual seminar series.   Each year we offer seminars that are focused on new developments that lead to better conservation programs.  Our next virtual series is scheduled for Spring 2023.

Latest News

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CBEAR Partners with Field to Market on $70 million Climate-Smart Grant 

The Partnership will research financial mechanisms to encourage farmers to adopt climate-positive agriculture practices.

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Annual CBEAR Virtual Research Seminars Slated for Spring 2023

Stay tuned for an announcement about dates and presenters!

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Economist David Pannell Joins Our Distinguished Fellows List

David Pannell is an esteemed researcher whose work focuses on water and land conservation economics and environmental policy. 

 

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