08 Feb 2022

RMCG talks all things extension at APEN conference

RMCG is proud to sponsor the Australasia-Pacific Extension Network (APEN) Conference 2022, as well as three student scholarships to help build the skills and networks of future extension professionals.

The Australasia-Pacific Extension Network (APEN) Conference will return from 9-11 February 2022. While we were looking forward to attending the event in Melbourne to learn from local and international experts on best extension practice and research, the APEN conference will now be held online.

APEN is the leading organisation for extension professionals working with people to enable change and innovation in primary industries, natural resource management and communities.

Our team of extension experts will be presenting throughout the conference in line with the theme of ‘Facilitating Change and the Opportunity from Disruption’, which acknowledges the opportunities provided by the COVID pandemic to develop and use new extension techniques.

We are also proud to sponsor three students from Australia and New Zealand to attend the APEN conference and support the next generation of extension professionals in Australia’s agriculture, environment and community sectors.

Find out more about the conference here and don’t miss the presentations below.

Thursday 10 February

Designing extension programs session

11:40am: Soil Wealth and Integrated Crop Protection vegetable industry extension project: A new and effective way of delivering extension
(Presented by project partner Gordon Rogers (AHR), co-authored by RMCG Principal Anne-Maree Boland and RMCG Associate Carl Larsen)

Working in a pandemic session

2:20pm: Virtual field days: Lessons from forced transition (Presented by RMCG Associate Carl Larsen)

Poster session

4:15pm: Influences on landholder decision-making – a visualisation (Presented by RMCG Consultant Morag Anderson)

Friday 11 February

Agricultural innovation systems session

12:05pm: Building trust in new relationships in the age of zoom; lessons from a tri-national project (Presented by RMCG Senior Consultant Clinton Muller and project partner Mary Johnson)

Planning for environmental change session

2.45pm: Carbon farming – are extension professionals ready? (Presented by RMCG Associate Donna Lucas)

Find out more about our work in research, development and extension (R,D&E and capacity building.