The Diffusion of Innovations theory was the leading theory in agricultural extension post World War II until the 1970s and there is still considerable interest in it today in agricultural extension, as these case studies demonstrate. It is particularly relevant when extension is concerned with adoption of a particular technology […]
In this Internet driven information age, Google Analytics is a powerful tool for monitoring, analysing and reporting how users find and then use a website.
Given websites are now an integral component of many extension programs. Google Analytics is very important tool, as it can be used to show:
Where website visitors […]
Webinar – Stimulating Private Sector Extension in Australian Agriculture to Increase Returns from Research and Development
The priority of this project has been to identify practical proposals to stimulate private sector extension services, particularly to fill current gaps. This webinar provides a great opportunity to hear about the projects key findings, the impacts and economics of the project, the potential options going forward and what the […]
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 […]
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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 […]
This model can be used to help plan an extension program and provide the basis for evaluating it. Using the model, the relationships between the desired outcomes and the activities and inputs required to achieve them, can be worked out and illustrated in a Program Logic graphic.
It can be used […]
People and the decisions they make, can drive the success or otherwise of farm businesses. Yes, farming is capital intensive, dynamic and subject to key risks; such as extreme weather events, weed, pest and disease outbreaks and commodity price fluctuations; but it is still the skills of farm managers that […]
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 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 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 […]