The loss of extension services has made it all the more important that farmers have access to sound information on technology and the right advice to help them in making decisions
by JIM DALRYMPLE
The role of government extension personnel, agribusiness and farm organizations in informing and educating all the players in the agriculture and food industry has evolved over the last century.
In the early 1900s, when the first agricultural representative was hired, many farmers questioned the need for such a position. But the extension service evolved over the next 50 years with many other staff being added.