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Recordkeeping helps increase farmer confidence to change practices


Turner, L and Wilkinson, R and Kilpatrick, SI, Recordkeeping helps increase farmer confidence to change practices, Rural Extension and Innovation Systems Journal, 14, (1) pp. 83-90. ISSN 2204-8758 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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Supporting more targeted comparative recordkeeping in decision making is proposed as a means to increase farmer confidence to change practices. A qualitative social research comparative recordkeeping activity, either benchmarking with other enterprises or targeted recordkeeping within their enterprise, were more open to change. Benchmarking or other comparative recordkeeping provided farmers with confidence to assess future opportunities and interpreting written or electronic records were more likely to approach change in a reactive or cautious manner. Formal benchmarking is not accessible or appropriate for all farmers but given the positive relationship between benchmarking and recordkeeping and confident decision making about future practices, providing more accessible forms of comparative recordkeeping through facilitative extension approaches could engage a wider range of farmers in successful change.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:adoption, benchmarking, boundaries to change, decision making, extension, practice change
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Agriculture, land and farm management
Research Field:Farm management, rural management and agribusiness
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Turner, L (Dr Lydia Turner)
UTAS Author:Kilpatrick, SI (Professor Sue Kilpatrick)
ID Code:126058
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:TIA - Research Institute
Deposited On:2018-05-21
Last Modified:2019-03-21
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