ERIC Number: ED079557
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
The Effectiveness of Nonprofessionals in Cooperative Extension Education for Low-Income Farmers. An Interim Evaluation.
Ladewig, Howard W.; Edmondson, Vance W.
This is an interim evaluation of a pilot program which utilized local farmers as program aides in cooperative extension education for small-farm operators. Specific objectives of this study were to determine the effectiveness of program aides in extension education in developing further the capacity of small-farm operators to take advantage of income opportunities available to them, and to identify activities performed by county extension staffs in support of program aides which could influence the socioeconomic development of small-farm operators in the pilot program. It was concluded that program aides helped to strengthen perceptions of most participants in the program and also played a major role in helping applicants apply for home improvement loans. The program was primarily production-oriented and increases in farm incomes for participants in four counties were much more than the added program cost in those counties. However, in some other counties little progress could be made. Recommendations for program improvements are included in this interim evaluation. (MF)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Extension Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., College Station.
Identifiers - Location: Texas