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Agricultural Extension: a review and case study in the Tasmanian dairy farming sector


La Grange, RF and Titterton, M and Mann, EM and Haynes, CM, Agricultural Extension: a review and case study in the Tasmanian dairy farming sector, Proceedings of the 4th Australasian Dairy Science Symposium, 31 August - 2 September 2010, Lincoln University, New Zealand, pp. 261-264. ISBN 978-0-86476-230-6 (2010) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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Agricultural extension aims to improve farmers' capability, capacity and adaptability so as to farm in a sustainable and profitable way in a world of constant change and ongoing challenges. Extension is adult education achieved through the organised exposure of adults voluntarily to the thoughts, ideas, concepts and practices both of their peers as well as of professionals with relevant knowledge and experience. Government funding of extension has been steadily reduced and funding for extension is increasingly sourced from farmer levies and other private funding agencies. Funders, including the public sector, have become more insistent that funded extension programs need to demonstrate their effectiveness, measured largely as on-farm practice change. The Pasture Plu$ project was a three-year extension project (2005 - 2008) aimed at improving Tasmanian dairy farmers' business skills over a range of farm management areas. An evaluation of the project concluded that significant potential for practice change had been achieved. This paper explores the efficacy of the Pasture Plu$ project from an educational perspective and argues that in terms of adult learning principles, the project content and delivery has equipped farmers with practical information enabling them to make practice changes to ensure ongoing viability and profitability for their farm businesses.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Crop and pasture production
Research Field:Agro-ecosystem function and prediction
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Other animal production and animal primary products
Objective Field:Other animal production and animal primary products not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:La Grange, RF (Mr Rob La Grange)
UTAS Author:Titterton, M (Dr Marion Titterton)
UTAS Author:Mann, EM (Mrs Elizabeth Mann)
UTAS Author:Haynes, CM (Mr Christopher Haynes)
ID Code:70079
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2011-05-30
Last Modified:2014-08-26
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