Why RMPP is investing in training for 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, we're here to help those providing support services improve their skills in facilitating conversations with farmers and between farmers. 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 two facilitation workshops which are critical to improving skills for both rural professionals and farmers looking at leadership roles in their communities.
Lead Facilitator (two-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.
2019 workshop dates
Alexandra 13-14 August
Palmerston North 4-5 September
RMPP Action Network Fundamentals and Extension Design (two-day workshop)
For rural professionals or farmers looking to run an Action Group/s under RMPP Action Network. Training includes designing and managing an extension programme to increase farmer participation in their own learning and apply this to their own business.
2019 workshop dates
Havelock North 24-25 July
Christchurch 20-21 August
Maximum of 15 attendees per workshop
No workshop fees - attendees pay for own travel and accommodation
Rural professionals looking to become RMPP Action Network facilitators must complete both the Lead Facilitator and Action Network Fundamentals workshop in order to be paid to facilitate
“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