Why RMPP are investing in upskilling our farmers and rural professionals
Over the past 30 years the sheep and beef sector has made big leaps in productivity. Some of these gains can be attributed to participation in discussion groups, farmer field days, information on industry websites and the range of other ways farmers get their ideas and advice.
However, as farmers face more complex issues and we explore more about how farmers learn, it’s clear those providing support services need to improve their skills in facilitating conversations with farmers and between farmers. It is these conversations and support that are critical to help farmers:
- feel confident in a decision they are about to make on-farm
- own their own solutions to problems, and
- grow their knowledge on a subject and apply the new learning to their own situation.
RMPP is running three facilitation courses which are critical to improving skills for both rural professionals and farmers looking at leadership roles in their communities. These three courses are:
1. Facilitator Support Training (1 day workshop)
Open to farmers and rural professionals, this course is an introduction to group facilitation skills. It is aimed at helping participants facilitate conversations with small groups, develop and ask good questions and manage group dynamics.
Next courses will be run in 2018
2. Lead Facilitator Training (2 day workshop)
This provides rural professionals with insights into how farmers learn and how to facilitate learning and build farmer confidence to increase practice change on-farm.
2018 Course dates:
21 & 22 May – Dunedin
24 & 25 May – Palmerston North
12 & 13 June - Christchurch
26 & 27 June - North Island
17 & 18 July - South Island
3. RMPP Action Network Fundamentals and Extension Design (2 day workshop)
For rural professionals or farmers looking to run an Action Group/s under RMPP Action Network. The training includes designing and managing an extension programme to increase farmer participation in their own learning and apply this to their own business.
2018 Course dates:
15 & 16 May - Palmerston North
6 & 7 June – Christchurch
18 & 19 June – Palmerston North
11 & 12 July – Christchurch
25 & 26 July – North Island
15 & 16 August – Dunedin
- Please note these courses take a maximum of 16 attendees per course.
- There are no course fees; attendees are required to pay for their own travel and accommodation.
- All facilitators must have completed both courses above to be paid to facilitate under RMPP Action Network.
“I’ve been a facilitator at field days and seminars for a number of years as part of my farm consultancy role. I wasn’t sure what value I would get out of facilitator training. However, these new courses really challenged me to reflect on my facilitation style. I now have a number of new tools to use when facilitating farmer discussions and groups that will add value to both their business and mine. It was a great chance to get some formal facilitation training after many years of learning on the run.”
Stephen Thomson, Consultant, AgFirst