- Education and Training: extension, workshop
Underserved and small farmers and ranchers are disadvantaged in accessing information and understanding about available assistance programs. Interpretation of specific program requirements often is hindered because intermediate resource personnel in extension, governmental agency, and trade associations may be uninformed and not be able to provide usable recommendations. The project goal is to train intermediate resource personnel and selected farmers or ranchers on available and appropriate governmental and non-governmental resources for sustainable agriculture through formal presentations of the program descriptions, followed by explanations of appropriate application processes and procedures and with case study presentations by farmers successful in receiving assistance. It was intended that small ruminant and horticultural crop enterprises would be used as examples in trainings will be conducted by cooperating university, extension, and federal agency personnel in five southern states. Because of delayed communications among the cooperators in the states, trainings were delayed until an extension of the project. The development of training materials continued until the time for scheduling of training sessions. There was a positive response from only one state that the materials and training would be useful to their resource personnel so the project was discontinued for lack of interest. This project was intended to revitalize sustainable agriculture training in Louisiana and supplant training in other southern states.
The project participants would learn of available assistance programs on sustainable agriculture and resource management and be linked in a network of support when advising their clientele on technical areas and practices. The project was intended to result in more farmers and ranchers applying and receiving assistance in sustainable agriculture and resources so that sustainable practices on farms would be improved and increased and agricultural service personnel would gain capacity to assist their clientele.
The behavioral objectives were
- Training of extension, federal agency, and trade association resource personnel in southern states on sustainable agriculture and resource utilization programs available for farmers and ranchers using appropriately developed training materials and resources.
- Anticipated support of the trained individuals with follow-up communications and personal assistance in their interactions with their clientele during program applications and with technical information as requested.
- Surveying of the trainees and their clientele on training and resource material effectiveness and usefulness and document success rates through mail, electronic, and telephone surveys.