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Grower communication networks: information sources for organic farmers

Collection:
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC)
Contributor:
Crawford, Chelsi (main author), Grossman, Julie (author), Warren, Sarah T. (author), Cubbage, Fred (author)
Format:
Online journal article
Publication Date:
2015-06
URL:
https://www.joe.org/joe/2015june/a9.php
Published:
Extension Journal, Inc.
Location:
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, Funk Library, University of Illinois
Subject Term:
extension, farmer education, farmers, information seeking, information sources, organic farming, sustainable agriculture, networking, information sharing, knowledge exchange
Notes:
14 pages., Article #:3FEA9, via online journal., This article reports on a study to determine which information sources organic growers use to inform farming practices by conducting in-depth semi-structured interviews with 23 organic farmers across 17 North Carolina counties. Effective information sources included: networking, agricultural organizations, universities, conferences, Extension, Web resources, personal experience, books, organic buyers/certifiers, and consultants. Results suggest that grower-to-grower networking is a highly effective information-seeking behavior for organic growers. Recommendations for Extension personnel include reshaping educational programing for organic growers to include peer-to-peer information sharing, as well as increased investment to graduate and undergraduate programs that train future Extension agents in organic production approaches.