U.N.E. Rural Extension Program
The U.N.E. Rural Extension Program is an initiative that aims to provide:
The Rural Extension Program is also supporting the establishment of
teaching in agricultural extension at U.N.E.
- primary producers in the New England region and throughout Australia with
timely access to research findings and information that could be of benefit
to them, and
- research organisations and scientists with information which will
to be more responsive to the needs of primary producers.
Web Pages for Producers - What Do You Think?
One way that the University could give primary producers access to research
findings and other current information is through Web pages like the one
you are reading now. To help plan the Rural Extension Program, we would
like to know what you, the primary producer think about accessing
information via the Web. So you can see examples of the sorts of things
that could be set up at U.N.E., we have put in some links on this page to
American universities that have Extension Web pages. When you follow these
links, you will be able to see what American farmers have access to. When
you return to this page, you can then use the email link tell us how useful
pages like these would be to you, and what sorts of things you believe
should be on Extension pages at U.N.E.
Before you leave this page
Remember, your opinion is important to us. We would like you to return to
this page after looking around at the American Extension pages and email
your opinions to us. Just in case you get lost or distracted on your
American tour, it might be a good idea to write down the address (URL) of
this page (or add it to your bookmarks) so you can return directly to it
using the appropriate command.for the software you are using on your
computer. The URL for this page is http://www.une.edu.au/~trdc/REP.HTM
American Extension Web Pages
Click on the underlined links to see some selected extension services.
- Oregon State University Extension Service has weather and market
reports, as well as a range of other information. Click here for this service.
- Michigan State University, as part of its Extension Service has
some Web pages that help the user to identify diseases in plants. While
this is aimed at orchardists and nursery managers, it is a good example of
how Web pages can help primary producers solve problems. Click here to see
how problems can be diagnosed via the Web.
- Purdue Cooperative Extension Service has a wide range of
services, including something called "Problem of the Week". This service
does not seem to have been kept up to date, but it is a good example of how
information could be made available at particular times of the year, or
during unseasonal conditions, when many primary producers would be facing
similar problems. Click here to see the services offered by Purdue
- Agriculture World-Wide. Of course, there are many many more Web
pages about agriculture than those above. To get an idea of the enormity
of the resources available, click here to go the
Agriculture Page of the World Wide Web Virtual Library.
Tell us what you think here
From what you have seen, do you think that a Web Extension Service run by
U.N.E for primary producers in the region would be of value to producers?
What sorts of things would you like to see on a U.N.E. Web Extension
Service? Click here and your
software should allow you to email your comments to us. We will be using
these and other opinions we receive from primary producers to guide the
planning of the U.N.E. Rural Extension Program.
To return to the top of this page, click here.
to the University of New England Home Page,
The Rural Extension Program is managed jointly by the Department of Animal Sciences and the Rural Development Centre of the University of New England
in Armidale, New South Wales.
This page was created by, and is currently maintained by, Ian Reeve [firstname.lastname@example.org] of the
Rural Development Centre.