Catch up on the e-forum sessions below

The future of extension – in our sector and beyond

Keynote speakers:
John James, Director, Enablers of Change, Hobart, Australia
Ruth Nettle, Lead Innovation Research Group, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, University of Melbourne

John and Ruth have been at the forefront of some innovative initiatives.Using their global connections and experience, they shared their thoughts on what extension could look like now and into the future.

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Facilitation lessons from sport

Keynote speaker: 
Hugh Galvan, Sport Development Consultant, Sport New Zealand

Hugh shared innovations and ideas developed inside Sport New Zealand. During this session participants learnt about the support framework that is wrapped around coaches to allow them to become better at working with athletes.These lessons can be applied in any sector including working with farmers.

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RMPP Action Network - session one

Facilitated by:
Denise Bewsell, Specialist Extension Manager, RMPP
Jeanette Long, Director, Facilitator, Trainer and Coach for Ag Consulting Company, Australia

More than 200 farmer-led Action Groups and over 90 facilitators are now participating in the RMPP Action Network. 

What have we learnt and what do we take forward? In this session participants heard from a facilitator, primary contact farmer, and an evaluator about their experiences.

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Skill development in facilitation – managing the lifecycle of a farmer group

Speaker: 
Simon Sankey, Regional Team Coach, DairyNZ

Simon shared his insights on understanding the ebbs and flows of small groups and how to manage these.

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Mental wellbeing for the rural sector

Speaker: 
Sarah Barr, Rural Coach, Coach Approach Rural

Rural Professionals often enjoy a relationship with their clients that extends beyond just that of professional adviser. It is a privileged position, but comes with a unique set of challenges around professional boundaries. Preparing yourself with some basic knowledge and skills will give you the confidence to handle clients stresses appropriately and ensure their challenges do not become your own.

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Cultivating a community of practice

Speakers: 
Lab and Mary Wilson, Directors, BATS Inc

Members of a community of practice learn from and with each other. Challenges of practice drive the learning and members benefit by improving their practice as a result of their interactions. Collective wisdom can be applied to real challenges as well as becoming a source of innovation.

During this session participants explored the key ingredients, strategies and pitfalls in forming and sustaining an effective community.  

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Conversations with high performing farmers

Speaker: 
Marc Elliott, Director Rural, UMR Research

Marc Elliott a behavioural researcher. He completed the initial high performing farmer research in 2014 for RMPP, revisiting these same farmers in 2020.

In this sessions Marc described the challenges, opportunities, and differences across the two pieces of research.

Participants heard from a high performing farmer who shared what has changed over the six years, what they see in the future, and what keeps them awake at night.

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RMPP Action Network - session two

Facilitators:

Denise Bewsell, Specialist Extension Manager, RMPP
Jeanette Long, Director, Facilitator, Trainer and Coach for Ag Consulting Company, Australia

How do we use this model more widely to address industry/sector challenges? Supporting farmers through change e.g. regulatory/policy or changing farm policy/behind farm gate.

The catchment community approach was used in this session as an example of how to apply the learning in a different setting.

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