An Action Learning approach to grower-focussed change: research among cotton producers in Queensland

Lawrence, Geoffrey, Meyers, Melissa, Lockie, Stewart, and Clark, Richard (1999) An Action Learning approach to grower-focussed change: research among cotton producers in Queensland. In: Burch, David, Goss, Jasper, and Lawrence, Geoffrey, (eds.) Restructuring Global and Regional Agricultures: transformations in Australasian agri-food economies and spaces. Routledge, London, UK, pp. 289-305.

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The most striking feature of the irrigated cotton industry is the intensive nature of the production system which is characterised by a high level of chemical inputs and high risk capital outlays, with yield and profit dependent on a guaranteed water supply and technological 'solutions' to production problems. The approach to the cotton industry in Emerald was initially made through the local Cotton Growers and Irrigators Association and resulted in the formation of one group of approximately ten growers. The group has persisted in researching the technology through the monitoring of established sites in the local region, and visiting other sites which use the technology throughout Australia's cotton growing areas. The Local best practices (LBP) approach is a participative group-extension method which is based on a 'farmer first' or 'bottom-up' paradigm. The LBP method of extension provides a structured mechanism to encourage producers to develop and utilise local knowledge.

Item ID: 67638
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-429-44835-5
Copyright Information: (C) Routledge
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2021 23:37
FoR Codes: 30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3002 Agriculture, land and farm management > 300299 Agriculture, land and farm management not elsewhere classified @ 50%
30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3004 Crop and pasture production > 300401 Agrochemicals and biocides (incl. application) @ 50%
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