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Farmer-centred extension education The educational venue of pasture walks in Wisconsin USA and the role of the facilitator

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Document begins: Farmer-centred extension education 17 The educational venue of pasture walks in Wisconsin USA and the role of the facilitator Lynn Chakoian Introduction example, `if I do this it will affect that and I won't have money for this or time for that other thing I thought might A relatively young extension agent is talking with an older help'. Simple answers just don't apply to the situations agent; the older agent is widely known for his leading role these farmers face, and on a pasture walk there is in promoting pasture walks and grazing groups. The new opportunity to discuss the complexities that one decision agent finally says, "I think I'm going to give up on these might precipitate. pasture walks, not going to do them this year. They just turn into a social gatherings, I don't see the value". Of Another obvious reasons that pasture walks are unique and course the young agent still has to prove to administration work well is the relationships that the farmers develop with that he is effective in working with farmers and he has each other and the professionals that attend pasture walks. concluded that pasture walks are not getting him where he ...

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