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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 1, No. 4 (2005) open journal systems 


Towards a profitable and sustainable future for grain growers: A professional development model for farm partners

Chris Murray, Apsilon, Toowoomba, Australia
Jillian Anne Condell, Apsilon, Toowoomba, Australia
Peter John Murray, University of Queensland, Australia


Abstract
Many Australian grain growers need to change their management approach to ensure their continued viability, but do not have the knowledge and skills to do this. Uptake of relevant education and training is poor, despite increasing recognition of the need for change and a positive correlation between learning, change and farm viability. As men are generally occupied with the operational aspects of the farm, much of the management role has been taken on by their partners, despite their lack of relevant formal qualifications. Professional development of farm partners therefore has the potential to improve the viability of grain growers.


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