How private-sector farm advisors change their practices: An Australian case study
R Nettle, A Crawford, P Brightling
JOURNAL OF RURAL STUDIES | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2018
There is increasing interest in the extent to which private-sector farm advisors support farmer responses to emerging challenges, such as climate variability or new forms of agricultural production. However, scholars have paid limited attention to what motivates farm advisors to develop their knowledge and how they go about changing their practice in areas outside their disciplinary expertise. This paper presents a qualitative study of the processes of change in the advisory practices of private-sector farm advisors who were provided with formal training as part of an Australian dairy sector extension program. This training focussed on the farm workforce and employment, and involved efforts ..View full abstract
The authors acknowledge the funding of Dairy Australia for the research undertaken and the time of the advisors in the conduct of this research. The funding body had no influence in the study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit this article for publication.