so ftr I'm either exactly the right person or exactly the wrong person to ask
you know those evil agricultural consultants who step in to pick up the slack where extension can't do stuff anymore? it me
And for non-ag readers, extension is basically a free consulting service that in the US is paid for by both federal & state gov'ts. It's free consulting.
Sure they can read words off a page. But reading something, figuring out what it means for their own op, & making any needed extrapolations? Nope.
But it's something folks often forget is a factor for farms.
But how much good can those do for a functionally illiterate population?
This willingness to experiment is often chalked up to "well they have more money to play with."
And they're also savvy enough to self-teach themselves new things, period, not necessarily needing extension to do so.
Farmers want a list of exactly what products to use, where to buy, & what your ROI will be.
I'm not convinced that they need saving. This may be a produce thing, but over here the ones who have their stuff together are doing fine.
it's episode 7 of the podcast and should be released in 2 weeks yayyyy
but my take is extension & ARS do great work, but there's not a lot they or any other institution can do about why family farms fail. Bc extension *is* a band-aid, on the stab wound of settler colonialism.