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The Role of Agricultural Consultants in the New Zealand Research, Development and Extension System


  • Botha, Neels
  • Coutts, Jeff
  • Roth, Hein


This paper discusses the findings from a pilot study of New Zealand agricultural consultants aiming to describe the role of agricultural consultancy within the New Zealand RD&E system with specific reference to their role in environmental management. The study comprised a literature review, interviews with informed persons and case studies. Agricultural consultants generally operate chiefly in the area of farm economics and management, but their positioning makes them well-placed for impacting positively on environmental management on farms. They assist producer decision-making by providing industry intelligence, up-to-date information and analysis of options. Consultants fulfil the role of knowledge broker reasonably effectively, but some were out of the direct RD&E loop.

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  • Botha, Neels & Coutts, Jeff & Roth, Hein, 2006. "The Role of Agricultural Consultants in the New Zealand Research, Development and Extension System," 2006 Conference, August 24-25, 2006, Nelson, New Zealand 31971, New Zealand Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:nzar06:31971

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    1. Botha, Neels & Parminter, Terry G., 2006. "Views of Primary Producers in the Taupo and Rotorua catchments: implications for water quality policy," 2006 Conference, August 24-25, 2006, Nelson, New Zealand 31947, New Zealand Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.


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