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Niche Pork Survey - Participants Needed
March 27, 2014
Jamie Picardy is a graduate student of Ag, Food and Environment at Tufts University in Boston, MA. She is researching both the production and consumption side of niche meat (pork in particular) for her dissertation, which is detailed more below. She is specifically collecting data on performance metrics at all life phases. In addition, her study will attempt to define the term "niche" from the priorities of the producers and the understanding of the consumers - seeing where the two intersect.
Jamie is looking for pork producers who would be willing to complete her short survey on your production practices/experiences. Deadline is April 30th. Participation is vital to her project and responses will be kept anonymous. She will share results with participants and producer cooperatives to strengthen productivity.
The survey takes about 10-15 minutes. Here is the link to the online version:
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jamie:
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Additional information on Jamie's study ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
My dissertation research study has three components: (1) production characteristics to determine land requirements of pastured pork, (2) consumer preferences toward production characteristics to estimate retail demand, and (3) site suitability to calculate production capability. Please note that the survey was reviewed by Dave Stender and Mark Honeyman (Iowa State University), Silvana Pietrosemoli, Jim Green and Niki Whitley (North Carolina State University), pork producers in New England, and my advisors Chris Peters and Tim Griffin (Tufts University).
By completing the survey, the niche pork community (farmers, aggregators, marketers, advocates and researchers) will have a better understanding of common production metrics to examine your farm's productivity and efficiency against other niche and commodity pork producers. This type of information is currently not available for niche pork production. Once survey information is collected, I will aggregate the information in a form (like 1 page hand-out or flyer) easy for farmers to read/obtain. Then, I can also create a spreadsheet whereby the production metrics from the study can be in one column and farmers can "track" their data in additional columns -- this style of data sharing will help the producer compare how their farm performs against the rest and over time. In addition to the immediate project results of performance metrics, the application of the results will indicate the land requirements of an alternative meat production, thereby reinforcing the need to conserve working lands.
One comment that I heard from past farm conferences was the lack of printed information shared with the farmers at the conference sessions. Thus, I will make available my study results in various forms: (1) hand-outs for the farmers/aggregators/advocates, (2) electronic Excel spreadsheets for the farmers/aggregators/advocates, and (3) dissertation/funding report to be written for a peer-reviewed journal article.
My study is completely anonymous. The only personal information that I collect is your STATE of production (like MI, IA, MA or NC). Your information will be INCORPORATED INTO THE WHOLE DATASET. This dataset also includes producers from North and South Carolina who completed the survey in November and December, as well as my farmers in Michigan (connections from my home state), New England and California. Working with your farm would be key! I am excited to share the results back with you -- in terms of production (Part 1) but also Part 2 of my dissertation research on retail consumer preferences for niche meats.
PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS.
Thank you for your time and expertise!