Master's Thesis Research - Young farmers taking over family operations in Alberta
PLEASE NOTE: This survey is for farmers/ranchers/producers UNDER 40 and operating in ALBERTA, who are in the process of or have completed the process of TAKING OVER FAMILY OPERATIONS. If you do not fit this criteria, I ask that you please do not proceed with the survey. Thank you!


My name is Julia Buckingham and I am a Master's student at the American University of Rome. I would like to invite you to take part in a research study for my Master’s thesis. The study aims to understand the factors that influence young farmers (under 40) in Alberta who are in the process of or have already taken over family operations, to do so.

Your participation is voluntary, and you may skip any of the questions or stop the survey at any time. If you wish to withdraw your participation after submitting your responses, please contact me using the e-mail or phone number listed below. The online survey will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes, and in appreciation for your time, you will be given the opportunity at the end of the survey to enter into a draw to win a prize sponsored by Young Agrarians including a $50 gift certificate for Peavey Mart, a ball cap and a t-shirt.

Your name will not appear in any thesis or report resulting from this study. Data collected during this study will be retained in my Google account until after my degree has been conferred in May 2020. Young Agrarians will also receive a copy of the raw survey results, with all identifying information removed. You are entitled to request and be given access to the information you have provided at any time.

At the end of the survey, you will be asked if you are willing to be contacted about participating in a follow-up interview associated with the project. I also invite you to share this survey with fellow young producers in Alberta.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this project. Please feel free to contact me at any time at If you wish to speak with my supervisor or the program director, I can provide you with their contact information.

Thank you!

Julia Buckingham
M.A. Candidate, The American University of Rome
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