Original Article Decision-making
1. On the Comparison of the Applications of Conventional Ranking Techniques in Determining the Priority Factors Affecting Seed Production of Medicinal Plants: Case of Guilan Province, Iran

Seyyed Ali Noorhosseini; Esmaeil Fallahi; Sepideh Gholinezhad

Volume 7, Issue 1 , Winter 2017, Pages 1-14

Abstract
  Aimed at identifying and prioritizing promoters and deterrent affecting seed production of medicinal plants, the present study was conducted in 2014. The Delphi method was conducted using a panel of 13 experts in Guilan Natural Resources and Agriculture Organization. In the first round of the study, ...  Read More

Original Article Education and training
2. Improving Teaching-Learning Process and Experience Based on Students, Faculty and Staff Perspectives

Mary Holz-Clause; Lisa Kessler; Vikram Koundinya

Volume 7, Issue 1 , Winter 2017, Pages 15-24

Abstract
  In order to make strategic decisions, the new leadership team at the College of Agriculture at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona conducted a series of focus group interviews with its students, faculty, and staff members. The purpose of this qualitative study was to poll the opinions ...  Read More

Original Article Farm Structures
3. Analysis of Factors Affecting Canola Plantation Development in Tabriz and Marand Counties, Iran

Ghader Dashti; Babollah Hayati; Noushin Bakhshy; Mohammad Ghahremanzadeh

Volume 7, Issue 1 , Winter 2017, Pages 25-35

Abstract
  This study identifies and analyzes factors influencing canola plantation development in Tabriz and Marand Counties. The Censored Model was used to analyze cross-sectional data collected from 372 farmers using a questionnaire. Due to the weakness of the Tobit Model in separating factors affecting the ...  Read More

Original Article Education and training
4. Rice Farmers’ Behaviors and Attitudes toward Agricultural Extension Programs in Healthy Food Production (Case of Lahijan and Amlash Counties, Northern Iran)

Fatemeh Askary Bozayeh; Fathollah Keshavarzshal; Zahra MojibHaghghadam; Parisa Shahinrokhsar

Volume 7, Issue 1 , Winter 2017, Pages 37-46

Abstract
  This study­aimed to explain thebehavior and attitudes of farmersin the adoption ofIntegrated Pest­­­Management (IPM) technologiesinrice fields. The main instrument ofresearch was a questionnaire whose validitywas confirmed bya panel of professorsandexecutive experts, and its reliabilitywas ...  Read More

Original Article Environmental policy and management
5. Analysis and Modeling of Yield, CO2 Emissions, and Energy for Basil Production in Iran using Artificial Neural Networks

Sajad Rostami; Somayeh Choobin; Bahram Hosseinzadeh; Zahra Esmaeili; Hemad Zareiforoush

Volume 7, Issue 1 , Winter 2017, Pages 47-58

Abstract
  The present study attempts to investigate the potential relationship between input energies, performance production of greenhouse basil, and greenhouse gases emitted from this product. The data were collected from 24 greenhouses using a questionnaire and verbal interaction with farmers. Results of the ...  Read More

Original Article Environmental policy and management
6. Empirical Assessment of Environmental and Health Risks in Intensive Poultry Production in Kwara State, Nigeria

Busola Amolegbe Khadijat; Abimbola Usman Mutiat; Olayinka Animashaun Jubril

Volume 7, Issue 1 , Winter 2017, Pages 59-70

Abstract
  The study was designed to assess the environmental and health risks arising from intensive poultry production in Kwara State, Nigeria. A total of 120 poultry farmers in Kwara State under the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) were selected randomly for the study, and structured questionnaires were ...  Read More

Short Communication Rural tourism and recreation
7. On the Status of Rural Tourism and Tourism Economy in Iran

Farideh Azimi; Samvel Avetisyan

Volume 7, Issue 1 , Winter 2017, Pages 71-77

Abstract
  In this paper the researchers tried to study the status of tourism and rural tourism economy in Iran the condition of entry and exit of tourists in Iran, as well as the inhibiting factors affecting their positive impacts on Iran economic status. To achieve this objective, the researchers used documentary ...  Read More

Short Communication Education and training
8. The Relationship between Extension Educational and Psychological Factors and Participation of Agricultural Co-operatives' Members (Case of Shirvan Chardavol County, Ilam, Iran)

Mohammad Bagher Arayesh

Volume 7, Issue 1 , Winter 2017, Pages 79-87

Abstract
  The forty-year history of agricultural production co-operatives in Iran shows that this type of exploitation system has faced with many challenges during this period. First, despite the help and support by the government, the co-operative sector has not been able to play a major role in the development ...  Read More

Original Article Environmental policy and management
9. Modelling of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Wheat Production in Irrigated and Rain-Fed Systems in Khorasan Razavi Province, Iran

Seyed Masood Motamed-Alshariati; Hassan Sadrnia; Mohammad Hossein Aghkhani; Mehdi Khojastehpour

Volume 7, Issue 1 , Winter 2017, Pages 89-94

Abstract
  Agriculture has a key role in greenhouse gas emissions.  As such, the present study aimed to evaluate the greenhouse gas emissions from wheat production in irrigated and rain-fed systems. The primary data were collected from 116 wheat farmers. The results showed that the total greenhouse gas emissions ...  Read More

Original Article Environmental policy and management
10. Investigating Factors that Affecting Citrus Waste Production in Mazandaran Province, Iran

Narges Mirzaie Gorji; Hosain Shabanali Fami; Houshang Iravani

Volume 7, Issue 1 , Winter 2017, Pages 95-99

Abstract
  Agricultural waste management is one of the important issues that agricultural producers should consider to increase their income and environmental protection. Therefore, the investigation of factors that reduce the rate of agricultural production wastage as well as citrus production wastage is of utmost ...  Read More

Original Article
11. On Different Characteristics of Iranian Farmer Women in Rural Development Activities Based on Animal Husbandry

Hossein Bevrani; Simin Naseri

Volume 7, Issue 1 , Winter 2017, Pages 101-108

Abstract
  Rural women play a significant role in domestic and socio-economic life of the society so that national development is not possible without developing this important and substantial segment of our society. Given the importance of women in agriculture, this study was conducted to examine the role of Iranian ...  Read More

Original Article Decision-making
12. The Driving and Inhibiting Factors of Mechanized Tobacco Production in Iran Using the Delphi Technique

Seyyed Milad Samizadeh; Saeed Firouzi

Volume 7, Issue 1 , Winter 2017, Pages 109-119

Abstract
  Increased cost of tobacco cultivation is a major concern for its sustainable production in Iran. Therefore, the development of tobacco mechanized cultivation is a necessity. Given this, the driving and inhibiting factors of the development of mechanized tobacco cultivation were investigated by the Delphi ...  Read More

Original Article Decision-making
13. Factors Affecting Commercialization of Agricultural Innovation in Kermanshah Science and Technology Park, Iran

Nasibeh Pourfateh; Nader Naderi; Farahnaz Rostami

Volume 7, Issue 1 , Winter 2017, Pages 121-132

Abstract
  Science and technology parks have been a major driver of both the commercialization of agricultural innovation and the financial success of many farm and agribusiness firms. Therefore, the main purpose of this study was to explain the factors affecting commercialization of agricultural innovation in ...  Read More

Original Article Environmental policy and management
14. Valuing Recreational Benefits in an Aquatic Ecosystem Area with Contingent Valuation Method: Case of ShirinSou Wetland, Iran

Habib Shahbazi; Ahmad Samdeliri

Volume 7, Issue 1 , Winter 2017, Pages 133-140

Abstract
  In this study, the recreational value of ShirinSou Wetland of the Kabodarahang County in Hamadan Province, Iran was estimated and the visitors' willingness to Pay (WTP) was measured by using Contingent Valuation Method (CVM) and One and One Half Bound model (OOHB) dichotomous choice (DC) questionnaire. ...  Read More