Socioeconomic Innovations

C-CHANGE work on socioeconomic innovations focuses on promoting rural and urban socioeconomic development while also spurring investment in long-term care of land, water, wildlife, and other natural assets. We do this by:

  • Building connections between scientists and entrepreneurs
  • Developing business cases for valuing farm labor and ecosystem services
  • Fostering markets for renewable agricultural goods and services

The Socioeconomic Innovations effort is led by J. Arbuckle.


[PHOTO]J. Gordon Arbuckle




J. Gordon Arbuckle is a Professor of Sociology and an Extension Sociologist at Iowa State University.

[PHOTO]Cover crops, photo by Jeremy Singer.

Success Story

My research indicates that farmers who are actively involved in watershed management groups and other conservation networks are more likely to adopt conservation practices like cover crops.

Photo by Jeremy Singer

Highlighted Publication

Conditional Causal Mediation Analysis of Factors Associated With Cover Crop Adoption in Iowa, USA
Danhyang Lee, J. Gordon Arbuckle, Zhengyuan Zhu, Laurie Nowatzke

Water Resources Research , Volume 54, Issue 11, pages 9566-9584, doi: 10.1029/2017WR022385