Strange story of a farm advisory group under pressure to achieve perennial pasture sowing targets during a year of deep drought. How have we progressed into a situation that would have been seen as ludicrous at the start of my career. Presentation about the informal social contract between adviser and client, and how in govt services this has changed in a generation. End up looking at what I see as the most important coming changes in farm conservation and how these will further strain the social contract between govt and farmer. Start with some research into the process of making decisions on the farm. No apologies for the venerability of this research. Its like a great vintage port.
Joining the dots: climate change, supply chains, rural restructuring and rural practice change
Farmer perceptions of regularly-used advisors Anderson-1974 <ul><li>Serve farmer’s interests </li></ul><ul><li>Sympathetic </li></ul><ul><li>Help solve problems </li></ul><ul><li>Practical rather than theoretical </li></ul>