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Globalizing Extension Innovation Network

This open group creates a network of professionals interested in globalizing Extension innovation. It shares and develops best practices for augmenting extension programs through cross-cultural and international experiences. The network supports the engagement of extension professionals through educational programs emphasizing understanding of global dynamics and using cultural knowledge.

What’s Holding Up Advancing Agricultural Advisory Services? - Forum Discussion Series

What is holding up the advancement of agricultural extension and advisory service? The question begs critical attention and analysis of the current trends of agricultural extension and advisory service influenced by various ‘disruptive’ effects due to climate change, revolutionary use of digital technologies, and the emergence of various alternative movements, such as the circular economy (i.e. value-based agricultural economy created through waste prevention, eco-design, recycling, resource efficiency and re-use) and agriculture 4.0 (e.g. use of smart farming technologies, Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence). The above transformative forces require that advisors and advisory organizations be well equipped to meet farmers' changing needs and consider their actions within the emerging service delivery landscapes comprised of various stakeholders. In this forum discussion, we want to share, discuss and compare preliminary findings of an ongoing study, which focuses on soil/crop and livestock extension. The discussion will generate a better understanding of how the current extension and advisory service practices facilitate agricultural innovation and development processes in Ontario. By comparing the current practices with the global trend, we intend to articulate the transformative pathways of extension and advisory services in Ontario. The three- part forum discussions series have been scheduled as follows:

  • Part One (2 hours) will focus on structure, actors, coordination and collaboration in emerging extension and advisory service delivery landscapes. (09 April, Friday, 2021 at 10am ET)
  • Part Two (2 hours) will focus on extension and advisory methods and tools, including digital advisory tools, social and online media. (Fall 2021)
  • Part Three (2 hours) will focus on capacity challenges and needs, especially for the advisors and advisory organizations, necessary to adapt to various pathways of advisory service transformations. (Winter/Spring 2022)




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