The unit provides students with an overview and understanding of the role that agricultural advisors play in supporting decision making in farm businesses, focusing on decisions to adopt new or modified technologies and management practices. The unit will be framed around theories seeking to explain the diffusion of innovations in rural industries by seeking to match the characteristics of innovations with the livelihood resources and aspirations of farm households. It will study the decision making context of farm businesses, including the types of decisions made on farm, and the unique array of external pressures and stakeholders that seek to influence these decisions. It will review the theory and practice of extension, and critically review the logic behind alternative strategies for supporting farm decision making. The unit will review the use of diverse economic, financial and policy analyses to explore the way data and information are used to inform on-farm decision making.
|Unit name||Farm Business Decision Making and Adoption|
|Faculty/School||Faculty of SET, AMC, IMAS
School of Land & Food
|Discipline||Agriculture and Food Systems|
Dr Alistair Gracie
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:
2 x 1 hr lectures, 3-hr tutorial weekly, 1-half day excursion (13 weeks)
3-hr theory exam (50%), internal assessment - assignments (50%)
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