Extension Practice

Co-innovation, a Way to Accelerate the Pace of Practice Change and Innovation

Co-innovation is a systemic approach used to facilitate and accelerate the pace of practice change and innovation. It has been used to tackle the more complex challenges and opportunities that agriculture is facing.
In this approach the problem or opportunity is put at the centre of the whole process, rather than […]

Action Research

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Action Research is an approach that brings together researchers and end users (theory and practice) to deliver practical outcomes through a process of shared knowledge creation that empowers the end users to undertake practice change.

“Practice change relates to how farmers alter their current practices to improve their […]

A Good Example of Mentoring Success for Farmers

Good mentors can help accelerate the professional development of farmers and provide them with greater confidence and ability in assessing and setting business direction, identifying issues and opportunities, tackling key operational tasks and monitoring business performance. Giving them a greater likelihood of success.
The experience of the Meat and Livestock Australia […]

Demonstration Sites in Extension

Demonstration sites are a great way for farmers to assess new technology under circumstances they are familiar with, on their own soil types and rainfall.
Using the approach, farmers can come together in a district and better understand new technology or practices and and how they behave under their conditions. This […]

Mentoring for Extension Professionals

Mentoring is an excellent process for the career development of Extension Professionals. It is the process in which a more experienced and knowledgeable person provides support, feedback and guidance to a person who is less experienced or knowledgeable. Good mentors can help accelerate the professional development of the mentee and […]

Design Thinking and Innovation

Design thinking is a five step method for innovating to solve complex (“wicked”) problems and is being used successfully in agricultural extension. It approaches challenges by understanding the needs of users and then developing insights to meet those needs. It proposes that only by contact, observation and empathy with end […]

Stimulating Private Sector Extension in Australian Agriculture to Increase Returns from Research and Development

This ground-breaking project is providing valuable research information and professional development modules to inform and build the capacity of the extension sector in Australia.  A key output is the development of eight professional development modules for early and mid-career advisors and extension professionals:

Social media in agriculture innovation
Targeting farmers? Segmentation and […]