Invitation and Participant Information

You are invited to participate in a research study on a Soil CRC funded project which aims to assess the financial feasibility of using organic fertilisers in broad acre cropping systems.

This survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete, with the option to provide additional valuable information. The survey has been designed to identify where and how farmers are using organics. You will go into the draw to win a $250 voucher at a retailer of your choice. Your responses will be confidential and you will not be identified in any data presented. A copy of the research results will be available from Nick McGrath and James Diack on request by participants during the project with full project results distributed at the end of the project to all in your group.

The study is being conducted by Dr Richard Culas and Dr Christine Storer from the School of Agricultural, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences at the Charles Sturt University and Dr Anwar Muhuddin from the NSW Department of Primary Industry. Interviews, survey distribution and collection is being conducted by Nick McGrath from the Holbrook Landcare Network and James Diack from Soils for Life.
Charles Sturt University is an Australian University, TEQSA Provider Identification: PRV12018. Charles Sturt University CRICOS Provider: 00005F

Before you decide whether or not you wish to participate in this study, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take the time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish.
What is the purpose of this study?
The survey has been designed to identify where and how farmers are using organic fertilisers.

Why have I been invited to participate in this study?
We are seeking responses from those who have had experience in using organic fertilisers.

What does this study involve?
If you agree to participate, you will be asked to complete an interview with Nick McGrath (Holbrook Landcare) or James Diack (Soils for Life) or to complete a survey sent out to you by Nick or James.

Are there risks and benefits to me in taking part in this study?
In taking part in this survey you will learn about farmer decision making in applying organic fertiliser through the project. You will go into the draw to win a $250 voucher at a retailer of your choice.

The main risk in this survey is the inconvenience of giving up your time for interviews or completing survey forms. The researchers cannot foresee any anxiety in participation as no sensitive information will be requested or disclosed. Your responses will be confidential and you will not be identified in any data presented.

How is this study being paid for?
This is a Soil CRC funded project. They will not have any input into the research results.

Will taking part in this study (or travelling to) cost me anything, and will I be paid?
You will go into the draw to win a $250 voucher at a retailer of your choice. The winner will be contacted by Nick McGrath and James Diack at the end of the project.

What if I don't want to take part in this study?
Participation in this research is entirely your choice. Whether or not you decide to participate, is your decision and will not disadvantage you. Only those who give their informed consent will be included in the project.

What if I participate and want to withdraw later?
Contact Nick McGrath (Holbrook Landcare) or James Diack (Soils for Life) within the month you complete the survey, or interview, if you want to withdraw from participation.
How will my confidentiality be protected?
Any information collected by Nick McGrath and James Diack that might identify you will be stored securely and only accessed by them unless you consent otherwise, except as required by law. The other researchers will only have access to anonymous data where you will only be identified by a number allocated by Nick McGrath or James Diack.

The anonymous data file used for analysis will be stored by Holbrook Landcare, Soils for Life and Charles Sturt University for at least five years after the project has been completed.

What will happen to the information that I give you?
A copy of the research results will be available from Nick McGrath and James Diack on request by participants during the project. Full project results will be distributed at the end of the project to all members of the Holbrook Landcare Network and Soils for Life. Data will be used for papers in scientific journals. You will not be identified individually.

What should I do if I want to discuss this study further before deciding?
If you would like further information, please contact:
Who should I contact if I have concerns about the conduct of this study?
Charles Sturt University’s Human Research Ethics Committee has approved this project [Protocol number H23885]. If you have any complaints or reservations about the ethical conduct of this project, you may contact the Committee through the Research Integrity Unit via the following contact details:
The Presiding Officer
Human Research Ethics Committee
Research Integrity Unit
Locked Bag 588
Wagga Wagga NSW 2678
Phone: (02) 6933 4213
Email: ethics@csu.edu.au

Any issues you raise will be treated in confidence and investigated thoroughly, and you will be informed of the outcome.

Thank you for considering this invitation.

Please print this information if you wish to keep a copy for your records.

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