Project 9:

Extension Focus

Milestone 9.1
Milestone 9.2
Milestone 9.1

Model farms and focus groups

This activity will provide a series of focal points for information sharing and demonstration of agroecological crop protection concepts. Model farms will be established on which Proof of Concept (Project 8) can be demonstrated (e.g., land managed by research organisations, or growers wishing to become early adopters of agroecology and host field days). Grower focus groups will promote adoption and incorporation of methods into grower systems and demonstrate how growers can tell their story. Training will be provided on the use of agroecology information tools.

Start date:

April 1, 2020

Key milestone:

September 30, 2020 - Potential Model Farms identified and arrangements made with landowners by to undertake Proof of Concept trials.

Key milestone:

October 31, 2020 - Proof of Concept projects (Project 8) carried out on Model Farms beginning and continuing to 31 March 2027 (refer Project 8).

Key milestone:

November 30, 2020 - Workplan developed for running Focus Groups in cooperation with participant groups and Model Farms for approval by PGG.

Key milestone:

March 31, 2021 - Focus Groups to begin and continue to the end of the programme. Effectiveness of the groups evaluated by mid-term review.

Key milestone:

July 1, 2021 - Extension workplans agreed with participant groups, with performance monitored and updated annually. Y2 - Training in the use of agroecology extension tools begins, and continues in conjunction with Focus Groups to the end of the project.

End date:

March 31, 2027

Progress

Identification of model farms is underway and will be concluded as the proof of concept design phase is completed.

Milestone 9.2

Agroecological information tools developed

Develop improved tools for growers and other crop protection users to access up to date information on agroecological crop protection in an interactive format.

Start date:

January 1, 2021

Key milestone:

December 31, 2020 - Identify information needs and develop specification for development of information delivery tools and content.

Key milestone:

June 30, 2022 - Technical content for the information delivery tools developed under contract, on time and within budget.

Key milestone:

December 31, 2022 - Information tools developed under contract, on time and within budget with content incorporated.

End date:

December 31, 2022

Progress

Transition Projects

Theme 3: Transition Projects. A new suite of crop protection product registrations will be in place and incorporated into crop protection programmes. This will support the transition to agroecological crop protection and will position sectors to better meet market demands.  Effective resistance management will be an outcome of these programmes.

The programme will be successful when:

  • New-age, fit for purpose agrichemicals are registered and included in crop protection programmes supporting the transition to agroecological crop protection.
  • Resistance risks to new-age agrichemicals have been managed.
  • The Transition Projects are fully aligned with Theme 2 projects from 1 October 2024.