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COMMUNICATING INNOVATIONS IN PRECISION AGRICULTURE: FACTSHEET SERIES


 

It's Survey time and we want your help to set the topics of our PA factsheets
 

 

This survey is a key component of our SAGIT project to provide PA support for farmers and advisers. Your responses to this survey will be very important for developing a factsheet series, and will ensure that the needs of the grain industry are being reached.


We want you to decide the factsheet topics, tell us what the real PA information needs, by highlighting the issues so we can continue to support you through your PA journey. We hope you will take the time (approximately 10 minutes) to complete this survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W9XWLJ9          

IF YOU COMPLETE THE SURVEY YOU WILL GO IN THE DRAW TO WIN:

Consulting services to the value of $500 to assist you with your PA action plan, be it data cleaning, PA agronomy advice, the choice is endless and tailored to your needs. 
 
Don’t worry if you are unable to answer every question, some are designed for farmers only and others for the PA industry sector. This is clearly marked so you won't get confused.

The team at SPAA encourages you to participate now. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W9XWLJ9
The survey will remain open until November. Thanks in advance for your help.

About the project
This project aims;

  1. To increase the effective use and adoption of precision agriculture (PA) systems by grain growers across Australia, however predominantly in South Australia

  2. To ensure that PA users are continuously challenged and engaged with up-to-date and relevant information,

  3. To ensure that new users of PA are supported into their journies with farm innovations and

  4. To broaden the application of precision agriculture to ensure farm business triple bottom line goals are achieved and technologies are best applied in efficient and correct manner.

     

    SPAA supports innovation, and innovation also includes people. SPAA being a tusted source of independent PA information will provide this support and access to explain the capabilities of a range of PA innovations that are applied across the grains industry through the production of six (6) factsheets and promoting such using a myraid of extension methodolgies and placing the products onto the SPAA website for ease of access. The project will look at a range of innovative practices and systems specifically machinery and equipment, and techniques, and will also address the capacity to innovate to ensure that PA information outcomes are targeted and delivered in a timely and effective manner. The topics will be decided by industry for industry.

     

    The key features of the factsheets will be the tried and tested experiences, where SPAA will profile successful adoptors of the “said” innovation. These case studies may include how they overcame challenges and common issues. A focus on shared experiences will assist in implemenetation and adoption and top tips will ensure the industry remains engaged and involved.

     

    In addition to the factsheet, the products will be promoted through the successful SPAA extension and communications formula of varied methods to convey PA information through events, social media mediums, the SPAA website and precision ag news (magazine).

     

    Thus, the project will create a sense of optimism amongst the farming community by;

    - adding value to the PA industry

    - provide tools & resources that support the agricultural industry

- build networks and mentors.


Background

For growers to adopt PA practices it is critical that they and too their farm adviser/agronomist understands the benefits of PA and provides advice about how PA applications can be used to make better agronomic decisions and sustainably improve crop yields.

 

An effective medium in such is the shared experience of innovation, told through a factsheet. SPAA will produce six (6) factsheets that will be made available through the SPAA website, SAGIT extension medium and Ag Ex Alliance (to distribute via the farming systems groups). These “how to guides” will include case studies, and tips whilst providing up to date information to help farmers make informed decisions and enjoy the positive outcomes that comes with achieving success in deliver what the technology / innovations promises to do .

The intent of this project is to increase capacity and implement ideas such that in subsequent years SPAA is further equipped to provide PA support to growers and provide a peer support network building community.

 

Step 1: Survey to identify factsheet topics:

As a membership organisation supported by sponsors; SPAA, SAGIT and the grains industry as a whole needs to understand the needs and wants of both of these groups before it can develop the most appropriate topics/ themes of the factsheet series.

This will involve working with experienced communication writers and the SPAA Executive Officer to collate and review the information SPAA already holds about members and sponsors needs and wants. For example, membership and sponsor data from the past 5 to 10 years, feedback from Expos (delegate and exhibitor/sponsor), web analytics, requests to join or leave the E-news circulation etc.

This activity would be complimented by short (max 10 minutes) telephone or face to face survey, with questions developed with the Executive Officer.

The proposed audience to be surveyed would be:

The selected group to give a spread of regions (Lower and Upper EP, Northern and Yorke, Mallee and South East) as well as like environments on the Southern and Western grain growing regions.

Questions would relate to current challenges, PA information needs and desired activities and outputs as well as personal objectives from being involved with SPAA. It is anticipated that linkages across regions will prevail.


TO BE CONDUCTED FROM JULY 2015 to NOV 2015

 

It's Survey time and we want your help to set the topics of our PA factsheets
 

 

This survey is a key component of a new 2 year SAGIT project to provide PA support for farmers and advisers. Your responses to this survey will be very important for developing a factsheet series, and will ensure that the needs of the grain industry are being reached.


We want you to decide the factsheet topics, tell us what the real PA information needs, by highlighting the issues so we can continue to support you through your PA journey. We hope you will take the time (approximately 10 minutes) to complete this survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W9XWLJ9          

IF YOU COMPLETE THE SURVEY YOU WILL GO IN THE DRAW TO WIN:

Consulting services to the value of $500 to assist you with your PA action plan, be it data cleaning, PA agronomy advice, the choice is endless and tailored to your needs. 
 
Don’t worry if you are unable to answer every question, some are designed for farmers only and others for the PA industry sector. This is clearly marked so you won't get confused.

The team at SPAA encourages you to participate now. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W9XWLJ9
The survey will remain open until November. Thanks in advance for your help.


Step 2: Factsheet development and production

A three part process including the following tasks.

(a) Editorial and Production

 (b) Design and Layout

(c) Printing


project start date

1 July 2015

project end date

30 December 2017

project funder

SAGIT


 

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