ERIC Number: ED282065
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Year 2000 Computerized Farm Project: Creating an Extension Management Education Environment. Faculty Paper Series 86-10.
McGrann, James M.; Johnson, Jeffrey W.
This paper describes the progress to date of a project to develop an educational environment to train farmers, ranchers, and staff in the use of microcomputers and economic and financial management. The project is located at the Stiles Farm, a 3,300-acre foundation farm in central Texas. A training center has been built at the farm to facilitate educational and demonstration efforts. Between May 1984 and November 1985, seven short (three-day) courses in such computer applications as farm and ranch accounting and beef cattle performance record systems were conducted; farmers who participated rated them very highly. Participants had hands-on use of the computer and a low pupil-teacher ratio. However, the level of attendance at the short courses has been somewhat disappointing, perhaps because the audience for such in-depth courses is relatively limited. The center has also been used as a demonstration and training ground for Extension agents. The center has a microcomputer software library, with software donated by vendors for topical areas where large numbers of programs are available, such as accounting, livestock performance records, and crop record systems. A management information system (MIS) was created for the Stiles Farm and is in the process of being implemented. Further study of the MIS is needed to determine how much integration will be cost efficient. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Dept. of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology.
Note: Paper presented at the American Agricultural Economics Association Meeting (Reno, NV, July 1986).