Graduate trainees on the Agricultural Extension Work Placement Program recently participated in two economics workshops in Ingham and Mackay, run by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF).
DAF agricultural economists, Samuel Cook and Caleb Connolly said that the new graduates wanted to know how economics could assist them in helping farmers, and to learn about the Farm Economics Analysis Tool (FEAT).
“An important role of the DAF economist team is to provide training for extension providers and growers in using decision support tools,” said Sam Cook.
“It’s important for us to maintain linkages with extension services in a way that incorporates economic, environmental and social outputs. So it was great to meet the next generation of extension staff and equip them with a wide range of useful economic skills that can help them continue to effectively engage with growers and stakeholders.”
The graduates learnt how FEAT could assist growers in making important business decisions. For example, the decision whether or not to adopt new management practices, or even if making adjustments to their current farming systems could improve their financial position.
“Our team works hard to bring economics to life and increase engagement by using a range of practical, skill building exercises and visual aids,” said Caleb Connolly.
“We also work hard to develop linkages across industry and regions and different stakeholders to achieve both profitability and sustainability outcomes.”
The 10 participants who attended the two workshops in Ingham and Mackay gave very positive feedback and said they would incorporate economics in their extension skills tool box.
For more information on how to use FEAT please call DAF on 13 25 23 or DAF Website.