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Testing An Adoption Decision-Making Model of Nursery and Greenhouse Growers’ Water Reuse in the United States

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College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA
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Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA
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College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences, Clemson University, 105 Sikes Hall, Clemson, SC 29634, USA
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Water 2019, 11(12), 2470; https://doi.org/10.3390/w11122470
Received: 1 October 2019 / Revised: 19 November 2019 / Accepted: 21 November 2019 / Published: 23 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Irrigation and Water Resources Management of Landscape Plants)
There is an increasing necessity to implement water treatment technologies in order to optimize the use of freshwater resources as the global nursery and greenhouse industry grows. Unfortunately, their adoption has been limited. This study tested a conceptual model for technology adoption based on the Theory of Diffusion of Innovations in tandem with Adaption-Innovation Theory and Critical Thinking Style literature. Using a series of linear and logistic regressions, three characteristics of an innovation—relative advantage, complexity, and trialability—were identified as significant drivers of growers’ decisions to implement water treatment technologies. Growers who seek information when thinking critically and are more innovative when solving problems did not perceive new technologies to be compatible or to possess a relative advantage over their current systems. The results suggested most growers are unsure of how new technologies fit into their existing operations. Creating opportunities for growers to get hands on experience with new technologies, such as a field day, could assist in increasing growers’ implementation. In addition, developing a series of online videos highlighting how to use, adapt and troubleshoot the equipment would greatly enhance chances of long-term adoption. View Full-Text
Keywords: water reuse; adoption; diffusion; critical thinking; problem solving water reuse; adoption; diffusion; critical thinking; problem solving
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Lamm, A.J.; Warner, L.A.; Tidwell, A.; Lamm, K.W.; Fisher, P.R.; White, S. Testing An Adoption Decision-Making Model of Nursery and Greenhouse Growers’ Water Reuse in the United States. Water 2019, 11, 2470.

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