ERIC Number: ED044574
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
Farmer Contacts with District Agriculturists in Three Areas in British Columbia.
Akinbode, Isaac A.; Dorling, M. J.
This study analyzed data gathered in a Canada Land Inventory project in British Columbia; the purpose was to measure the degree of communication between farmers and the agricultural extension service by analyzing the nature and extent of contacts, and the relationship of the contacts to socioeconomic characteristics. The farmers tended to be an older group with a median education of eight years, beef cattle, field crops, and dairy produce their main products; the majority of the farms were small-scale enterprises; and half the respondents were employed in off-farm jobs on a part-time basis. They reported few personal contacts with the District Agriculturist; but they used impersonal contacts to a greater extent and the types of contacts reached different people. A higher socioeconomic status of the farm family as well as higher status as a farmer were associated with more extension contacts. It was concluded that the wide variations in the extent of contact was not explained solely by socioeconomic differences. An extension agent may influence the nature and extent of contacts by the emphasis he places on particular methods. (EB)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Univ., Vancouver. Dept. of Agricultural Economics.
Identifiers: British Columbia
Note: Rural Sociology Monograph No. 5