Volume 40 - Number 4 - 1999 | DOI: 10.5032/jae.1999.04020



As Iran addresses its goal of self-sufficiency in the production of food and fiber products, sustainable agriculture practices are gaining interest within Extension and the Ministry of Agriculture as a means of achieving this goal. Dependence on pesticide and insecticide imports, compounded by a growing population, limited arable land and high soil erosion, has lead to the call for more appropriate agricultural practices. Little is known, however, about what knowledge and educational needs Extension agents have regarding sustainable agriculture practices. A random sample of Extension agents (N = 90) in the Khorasan Province, Iran was surveyed. Most agents reported they needed more training on sustainable agriculture practices before they coulddisseminate this innovation. To receive this information, agents indicated they wanted more flexible (less compulsory) trainingprograms thatfocused on successful programs in other countries. Agent training should be focused on linkages with local research centers and faculty. Agents perceived a need for more Extension-education programs.

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