College students?rceptions of the national animal identification system

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Title: College students?rceptions of the national animal identification system
Author: Long, Jeanie Marie
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to determine awareness , knowledge , and perceptions of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS ) among college students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A &M University . Since the issue of a governmentsponsored electronic national identification system for livestock is relatively new , many pros and cons exist regarding increased biosecurity and increased surveillance by the government . While many adult producer groups have expressed their concerns over the implications of the proposed identification system , little attention has been focused on future producers ?youth and college students . This study investigated how college students gathered information about livestock industry issues from mass media or other resources , and how the students ? awareness and knowledge of the identification system influenced their perceptions of the NAIS . The sample population consisted of students enrolled in courses related to animal agriculture and production during the spring 2007 semester at Texas A &M University . Stratified random sampling was used to determine participants , and a total of 92 students responded to the survey . The strata were animal science majors and non -animal science majors , and upperclassmen and lowerclassmen . An online , self -administered survey was used to collect data from the participants . The survey consisted of close -ended and open -ended questions ; a pilot study of students with similar majors and classification as the sample established face validity of the instrument . Descriptive statistics , correlations , and one -way ANOVA were used to examine the data . Major findings were that as a group , students were somewhat aware of the NAIS , and were knowledgeable of general NAIS concepts . Students disagreed with the statement that they are well -informed about the NAIS . Students ? perceptions of the NAIS were positively associated with their awareness of the NAIS . Livestock leadership experiences (4 -H or FFA membership , livestock show team member , exhibitor experience , and youth livestock organization member ) had positive moderate correlations with NAIS awareness . Livestock exhibitor experience had a moderate correlation with perception of the NAIS . University professors , Internet , and family members were preferred information sources . Opinion leaders ? influence as information sources affected students ? awareness and perceptions of the NAIS . Cooperative Extension , private organizations , and university professors were all moderately correlated with students ? awareness of the NAIS . University professors had a positive , yet low correlation with students ? perceptions of the NAIS .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -2414
Date: 2009-05-15

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College students?rceptions of the national animal identification system. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -2414 .

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