Study Title: Analyzing the market for land-based agriculture education among various audiences- Paper or Online Survey Researcher and Title: Dr. Stephen Lovejoy-Michigan State University, Anne West- Research Intern, Phil Tocco- Agriculture/Natural Resources Educator, MSU Extension – Jackson County Department and Institution: Michigan State University Extension. Address and Contact Information: Michigan State University Extension c/o Dr. Stephen Lovejoy 108 Ag Hall East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1039 Phone: 517-355-2308 Fax: 517-355-6473; Food System Economic Partnership c/o Anne West 705 North Zeeb P.O. Box 8645 Ann Arbor, MI 48107-8645 Phone: 734-222-6859 Fax: 734-222-3990 1. PURPOSE OF RESEARCH: You are being asked to participate in a research study of resources, needs, and demands for future farmers in southeast Michigan. This study is being conducted collaboratively by the MSU Extension Office in Jackson County and the Food System Economic Partnership. You have been selected as a possible participant because of your interest and/or affiliation with agricultural and future farmer groups. From this study, the researchers hope to learn about the major hurdles and resources available for new farmers as well as demand for farmer support programs for future farmers in southeast Michigan. Your participation in this study will take about 15 minutes. If you are under 18, you cannot be in this study without parental permission. 2. WHAT YOU WILL DO: You will be asked to fill out a 22 question survey which should take about 15 minutes to complete. 3. POTENTIAL BENEFITS: You will not directly benefit from your participation in this study. However, your participation in this study may contribute to the understanding of major hurdles to new farmers and how organizations can support new farmers to overcoming these hurdles and starting farming ventures. 4. POTENTIAL RISKS: There are no foreseeable risks associated with participation in this study. 5. PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY: The data for this survey are being collected anonymously. Neither the researcher nor anyone else will be able to link data to you. The results of this study may be published or presented at professional meetings, but the identities of all research participants will remain anonymous. All data will be kept in a locked file cabinet for five years, then destroyed. The only people with access to this drawer will be the study investigator and the Human Research Protection Program. Your confidentiality will be protected to the maximum extent allowable by law 6. Your rights to participate, say no, or withdraw Participation in this research project is completely voluntary. You have the right to say no. You may change your mind at any time and withdraw without penalty or loss of benefit to which you are otherwise entitled. You may choose not to answer specific questions or to stop participating at any time. If mid-way through the survey you decide that you would like to quit, you may either stop or submit the survey as incomplete. 7. COSTS AND COMPENSATION FOR BEING IN THE STUDY: You will not receive money or any other form of compensation for participating in this study. 8. Contact Information for Questions and Concerns If you have concerns or questions about this study, such as scientific issues, how to do any part of it, or to report an injury, please contact the researcher, Phil Tocco at Jackson County Extension, 1715 Lansing Avenue Suite 257, Jackson, Michigan 49202-2193. Phone: 517-788-4292. You may also contact Dr. Stephen Lovejoy, the Primary Investigator, at (517) 355-2308. If you have questions or concerns about your role and rights as a research participant, would like to obtain information or offer input, or would like to register a complaint about this study, you may contact, anonymously if you wish, the Michigan State University’s Human Research Protection Program at 517-355-2180, Fax 517-432-4503, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or regular mail at 207 Olds Hall, MSU, East Lansing, MI 48824. By clicking on the link below or copying and pasting it in your web browser, you are consenting to participate in this research survey. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FutureFarmerSurvey2010 If you do not wish to participate, click the “x’ in the top corner of your browser to exit.Research Participant Information and Consent Form You are being asked to participate in a research project. Researchers are required to provide a consent form to inform you about the study, to convey that participation is voluntary, to explain risks and benefits of participation, and to empower you to make an informed decision. You should feel free to ask the researchers any questions you may have.