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The Farm Management Extension Audience Of 2030, Alejandro Plastina, Kelvin Leibold, Matthew Stockton Jan 2019

The Farm Management Extension Audience Of 2030, Alejandro Plastina, Kelvin Leibold, Matthew Stockton

Economics Publications

During the halftime of his son’s football game, Farmer Brown asks his smartphone for a real-time cost-effectiveness analysis of three alternative treatments to suppress weeds in two acres over the Missouri River, where remote imagery technology identified weed pressure trending up and nearing 90% of the acre- and corn-stage-specific weed threshold. The device calculates real-time partial budget analyses using acre-specific weather forecasts, soil conditions, labor and machinery costs, corn growth stage and projected yields, weed species, and cutting-edge technology to respond with information about the cost-effectiveness of reducing weed pressure to 75%, 80%, and 85% of the threshold as ...


An Extension Case Study In Institutional Innovation: Microfinance Intermediary Formation, Mark A. Edelman Apr 2015

An Extension Case Study In Institutional Innovation: Microfinance Intermediary Formation, Mark A. Edelman

Economics Publications

An institutional innovation process led by Extension created a statewide microfinance intermediary. The intermediary provides business technical assistance and microloans to entrepreneurs having difficulty securing conventional credit but having workable business plans. The process included (1) gathering indicators of a problem; (2) formation of a steering committee of relevant interests to study the concerns; (3) a search for alternative solutions and assessment of probable consequences; and (4) emergence of an institutional strategy for addressing gaps. A business plan was implemented over 5 years. The collaboration created new opportunities on multiple levels for Extension problem-solving impacts and outcomes.