Download the Survey – Veg Biocontrol Working Group Grower Survey

Information about Being in a Research Study Clemson University

Description of the Study and Your Part in It

Rebecca Schmidt-Jeffris is inviting you to take part in a research study. Dr. Schmidt-Jeffris is an assistant professor at Clemson University. The purpose of this research is to determine current knowledge and grower needs regarding biological control in vegetable crops in the Southeastern US.

Your part in the study will be to complete the accompanying survey. It will take you about 5-15 minutes to be in this study.

Risks and Discomforts

We do not know of any risks or discomforts to you in this research study.

Possible Benefits

This information will be used to determine the research and extension priorities of the Southeast Vegetable Biocontrol Working Group. We will use these priorities to decide which projects to pursue to best serve the needs of vegetable growers. In this capacity, survey results will be used to support future grant applications by demonstrating what areas growers would like to improve. Results will also be used to determine whether future extension efforts are successful in addressing the needs of our growers. We anticipate that the long term benefit will be improved vegetable production in our region through increased research and extension program financial support and improved production practices.

Protection of Privacy and Confidentiality

The results of this study may be published in scientific journals, professional publications, or educational presentations; however, no individual participant will be identified. The survey will not request any identifying information.

Choosing to Be in the Study

You may choose not to take part and you may choose to stop taking part at any time. You will not be punished in any way if you decide not to be in the study or to stop taking part in the study.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns about your rights in this research study, please contact the Clemson University Office of Research Compliance (ORC) at 864-656-0636 or irb@clemson.edu. If you are outside of the Upstate South Carolina area, please use the ORC’s toll-free number, 866-297-3071. The Clemson IRB is a group of people who independently review research. The Clemson IRB will not be able to answer some study-specific questions. However, you may contact the Clemson IRB if the research staff cannot be reached or if you wish to speak with someone other than the research staff.

If you have any study related questions or if any problems arise, please contact Rebecca Schmidt-Jeffris at Clemson University at 509-264-5940.

Consent

By participating in the study, you indicate that you have read the information written above, are at least 18 years of age, been allowed to ask any questions, and are voluntarily choosing to take part in this research. You do not give up any legal rights by taking part in this research study.