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ERIC Number: EJ1122315
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1042-0541
Educating the Future of Agriculture: A Focus Group Analysis of the Programming Needs and Preferences of Montana Young and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers
Bailey, Nikki E.; Arnold, Shannon K.; Igo, Carl G.
Journal of Agricultural Education, v55 n2 p167-183 2014
The average age of farmers and ranchers is rising and each year, there are fewer young and beginning farmers and ranchers (YBFR). Therefore, it is critical that agricultural educators and programmers provide learning opportunities that develop the knowledge and competencies YBFR need to be successful. The purpose of this study was to develop a grounded theory to identify and explain the interaction between educational drivers, educational needs, and programing preferences of YBFR in Montana, in order to develop future programming recommendations. Focus groups were utilized to gather data from a purposive sample of YBFR. A grounded theory was developed using constant comparison analysis. YBFR identified business management skills, legal knowledge, communication skills, and skills associated with technologies as educational needs. Barriers such as distance, time, and lack of awareness prevented educational event attendance. Programs were considered successful if they provided networking opportunities, relevant content, and a positive, interactive environment. YBFR utilized different delivery formats ranging from email to face-to-face. Preference was placed on longer duration events featuring a variety of information. Agricultural educators need to decrease barriers and increase positive elements to reach this audience. Agricultural organizations must collaborate to create comprehensive, impactful programs focused on developing the skills and knowledge of YBFR.
American Association for Agricultural Education. P.O. Box 7607, Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, Raleigh, NC 27695. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Montana
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