ERIC Number: ED312458
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Perceptions and Attitudes of Farmers and Ranchers Concerning Texas Agricultural Extension Service Computer-Based Farm Management Short Courses and Software. A Summary Report of Research. Department Information Bulletin 89-2.
A questionnaire was sent to 1,705 Texas farmers and ranchers who had either purchased farm management software provided by the Texas Agricultural Extension Service (purchasers) or had participated in Extension Service short courses and had purchased farm management software (participant/purchasers). A total of 489 farmers/ranchers responded. Results indicated that the two groups differed little between themselves, but that they differed from the general Texas farming/ranching community. In particular: (1) the study groups had a higher level of education and higher gross on-farm income; (2) 62 percent of the study groups reported livestock as their major agricultural activity compared to 74 percent for the general population; (3) both purchasers and participant/purchasers had owned a computer for longer than 4 years, had spent about the same amount on computer-related training, and believed that their computers had already paid for themselves; (4) more purchasers than participant/purchasers indicated that their major agricultural activity was livestock; (5) the study groups were satisfied with the farm management software and short courses; (6) respondents were able to incorporate software into their farming and ranching operations; and (7) respondents indicated a high level of use and knowledge of farm business management tools. (74 references) (NLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Dept. of Agricultural Education.; Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Texas Agricultural Extension Service.; Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Dept. of Agricultural Economics.
Identifiers - Location: Texas