Consent Document

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Thank you for considering participation in my survey. You probably take several surveys, and I appreciate your time. This survey is part of my PhD research in Agricultural Economics for the University of California, Riverside on farming practices in Southern California.
Simply stated, I am a Southern Californian who would like to get to know my farmers. Unfortunately, California farmers have been disconnected from the urban/suburban populations they serve. They have also been disconnected from the research going on in the university system. Your participation is one, modest effort to bridge these gaps. Thanks again for your time, and best of luck with the harvest!

What is the purpose of the study?

This study will help me understand how Southern California farmers have maintained successful farming systems in spite of the often harsh climate, particularly during the current drought. I am interested in how farming practices (e.g., irrigation, soil monitoring, leaching, etc.) are connected to farm performance, as measured by production value. The results from my research will inform state policy on the benefits of existing farming practices in the region. There are no right or wrong answers for this survey, and I am not making any recommendations to you. You are the experts!
How long will it take?
The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete. You may save your responses and return to complete later as long as you use the same device you started with.

What are my rights during the survey?

Responding to the survey is voluntary. You may quit the survey at any point.  

Will I receive compensation for completing the survey?

You will not receive any compensation. If you are interested in receiving a copy of the study results, please provide your email at the end of the survey.

How will my privacy be protected?

Your information will be password protected and only accessible by project staff (Arisha Ashraf, Ariel Dinar, and an undergraduate assistant). Your survey is assigned an ID# so that your individual contact information (including approximate farm location and any other information that may reveal your identity) is stored separately from the rest of the survey questions. Your individual responses will not be published, even without your name. We will only publish aggregate results.

What if I have questions about the survey?

You have the right to ask, and have answered, any questions about the survey. If you have questions at any time you should contact Arisha Ashraf by phone/text  at (909) 231-4645 or email at

What if I have questions about my rights as a survey participant?

All research with human volunteers is reviewed by a committee that works to protect your rights and welfare. If you have questions or concerns about your rights as a survey participant you may contact, anonymously, if you wish, Monica Wicker, Principal Human Research Review Board Analyst, at (951) 827-4811 or

In order to continue with the survey, you must indicate your agreement to participate, and select “Yes” below.

Question Title

1. Participant's Agreement: By selecting "Yes" below, I indicate that: (1) I have read the information provided above, and (2) I voluntarily consent to participate in this survey.