Preparing Traditional Providers for Delivery of Sustainable Agriculture Information

2000 Annual Report for ES00-051

Project Type: Professional Development Program
Funds awarded in 2000: $8,976.05
Projected End Date: 12/31/2001
Region: Southern
State: Arkansas
Principal Investigator:
Rex Dufour
National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT)

Preparing Traditional Providers for Delivery of Sustainable Agriculture Information

Summary

This project is a planning proposal. The product of this project will be a second (implementation) proposal that outlines strategies for assisting traditional information providers — CES, NRCS field agents — in becoming better sources for sustainable agriculture information.

This project is a participatory process. Stakeholders will be identified and representatives of stakeholder groups (CES, NRCS, farmers, NGOs) will work together toward the common goal of the implementation proposal.

The focus of this process will center on three themes: 1) improving collaboration among stakeholders — especially among traditional information providers (CES, NRCS) and non-traditional sources of sustainable agriculture information, 2) identifying ways to familiarize agents with the depth and breadth of sustainable agriculture materials available, and 3) identifying the means for making those materials more readily accessible through creative use of web-based electronic resources.

Behavior-based Objectives
The primary objective of this project is an implementation proposal. In addition, the process of planning this proposal is intended to bring about the following behavior-based objectives:
1.) Increased collaboration and information exchange among representatives of stakeholder groups (e.g. CES & NRCS staff, farmers and non-government organizations (NGOs)).
2.) Establishment of belief (“buy-in”) by stakeholders, through information exchange with their representatives in the planning process, in the objectives of the implementation proposal. The objectives of the implementation proposal are tentatively identified as:
3.)That traditional information providers — CES, NRCS field agents — become a primary delivery system for sustainable agriculture information.
4.) That traditional information providers and non-traditional sources of sustainable agriculture information interact more effectively and make more frequent and effective use of each other’s published materials.
5.) CES agents in particular, consider out-of-state educational materials as usable resources to support their educational work in sustainable agriculture.

Collaborators:

Nancy Creamer

nancy_creamer@ncsu.edu
Ass’t Professor
North Carolina State University
P.O. Box 7609/Kilgore Hall
Raleigh, NC 27695
Office Phone: 9195159447
Jim Lukens

jiml@ncat.org
National Center for Appropriate Technology
P.O. Box 3657
Fayetteville, AR 72702
Office Phone: 5014429824
Website: www.ncat.org,www.attra.ncat.org
Roger Jones

jonesroger@cs.com
Heifer Project Int’l.
2601 US Highway 98 East
P.O. Box 23
New Augusta, MS 39462
Office Phone: 8003599613
Website: www.hpi.org
Mickie Swisher

meswisher@mail.ifas.ufl.edu
Member, Dept. of Family, Youth & Comm. Sciences
University of Florida
P.O. Box 110310
Gainesville, FL 32611-0310
Office Phone: 3523922202
Barbara Bellow

barbarab@ncatark.uark.edu
Agriculture Specialst
National Center for Appropriate Technology
P.O. Box 3657
Fayetteville, AR 72702
Office Phone: 5014429824
Website: www.ncat.org,www.attra.ncat.org
George Kuepper

georgek@ncat.org
Agriculture Specialist
National Center for Appropriate Technology
P.O. Box 3657
Fayetteville, AR 72702
Office Phone: 5014429824
Website: www.ncat.org,www.attra.ncat.org
Luke Elliott

bluemtn@aristotle.net
Farmer
Blue Mountain Farm
P.O. Box 76
Fox, AR 72051
Office Phone: 8707464604
Steve Muntz

shmuntz@sc.com
Heifer Project Int’l.
110 North Maysville St
Mt. Sterling , KY 40353
Office Phone: 8594970603
Website: www.hpi.org
Owusu Bandele

obandele@subr.edu
Professor
Southern University, Div. of Agricultural Sciences
P.O. Box 11288
Baton Rouge, LA 70813
Office Phone: 2257712262
Ralph Harris

ralph.harris@ar.usda.gov
Regional Grazing Specialist
USDA-NRCS
Rm. 3416 Federal Bldg.
700 West Capital Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72201
Office Phone: 5013245418
John Spain

jbspain@aol.com
Farmer, President of Local Farm Bureau
12414 Sharp Ford Rd.
Hindsville , AR 72738
Office Phone: 5017892635