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How forming a cooperative network improved services and outcomes for farmers

Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC)
Mallory, E.B. (main author), Jackson, Tori Lee (author), Forstadt, Leslie A. (author)
Online journal article
Publication Date:
Extension Journal, Inc.
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, Funk Library, University of Illinois
Subject Term:
agricultural development, communication networks, extension communication, extension services, farmer needs, networks, participation, young farmers, farmer communication, Maine, USA
5 pages., Article #: 4IAW3, via online journal., The Beginning Farmer Resource Network of Maine (BFRN) is a model for maximizing resources and improving farmer services through increased statewide communication and collaboration among a diverse group of agricultural service providers. Formed in 2012, BFRN is a cooperative network with shared leadership and no financial overhead. In a 2018 survey regarding BFRN's impacts, 92% of members (22 of 24 responding members) said they were more effective and efficient. The survey results also indicated that over 800 farmers had made positive changes as a result of members' participation in BFRN. BFRN's continuing high level of activity is a testament to the value this network model offers to participating organizations, agencies, and institutions.