The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is offering a special training event for extension professionals. The aim is to offer a unique approach to enhancing the practices of on-the-ground extension staff by providing a toolkit of new skills in behavioural science.
The training will focus on concepts such as –
- The science of human behaviour
- How to understand farmers’ motivations and barriers to adoption
- How to engage with a broader farmer base
- Techniques for communicating more effectively with farmers
- Strategies for managing resistance
- Techniques for measuring and validating your effectiveness as an extension professional
The training will be designed and delivered by the team behind Project Cane Changer - a large scale behaviour change project involving the Queensland sugarcane industry. The training will be relevant and open to extension professionals working in any of the farming sectors (eg., cane, grazing, horticulture).
The roadshow will take place across July, August, and September 2019 in the following 5 locations - Biggenden, Rockhampton, Townsville, Ingham, and Innisfail.
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HERE IS WHAT OUR TRAINEES HAD TO SAY ABOUT THEIR TRAINING EXPERIENCE.
"Communication is an art and is not something that is actually taught to extension people. Like growing sugar cane, we can always improve on what we’ve done before.
BI's training has taught us how to listen to growers and identify what they're saying and what they want. Then, and only then, do we have something to offer that can improve their farming practices."
NOEL WRIGHTSenior Agronomist | MSF Sugar
Principal Researcher | SRA
"For me, the work around behavioural science is just as important as my work on understanding varieties programs or weed management. As an extension officer, my work is 80% about relating to people.
One of the most difficult things as an extension officer is talking to growers about what they can improve without making them feel as though I'm criticising them. Working with BI to better understand how to approach this kind of situation has been really helpful."
"Training is really important and should be something ongoing through your career. The BI training is excellent - it's essential…every bit of it made sense. I remember thinking at the time that I would love to do this all over again."
Senior Agronomist | MSF Sugar
Over July, August, and September we'll be running 5 workshops across Queensland. Places are limited to 12 people per workshop to ensure you get the best exprience on the day. Click on the buttons below to register for your preferred location.
While you'll be required to submit payment for the training upon registration, you'll be fully reimbursed by DAF upon completion of the training.
MEET THE LEAD FACILITATOR
BBusMan (HR) • BA (Psychology, Hons)
Katri is a Senior Behavioural Scientist and Training Manager at Behaviour Innovation. She specialises in working with the extension workforce to design and deliver training programs that equip on-the-ground extension professionals with behavioural science skills to enhance landholder engagement with practice change. Katri has been contracted to deliver behavioural science extension training throughout Queensland by The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Sugar Research Australia, and MSF Sugar.
Katri is also actively involved in the design and delivery of Project Cane Changer, one of Australia's largest agriculture behaviour change programs. This role sees Katri lead on-ground engagement with landholders and other key stakeholders, as well as deliver capacity building workshops for the sugar industry.