One aspect of the process of technology adoption is "technological learning" (TL), the way farmers gather "information" and turn it into "knowledge." In a study of the New Zealand dairy industry, researchers examined the factors that affect TL. Findings suggest that the speed with which farmers engage in TL is influenced by the efficiency of the innovation system, the maturity of the farm system, and the individual characteristics of the farmer. The article presents a model demonstrating how these three sets of factors may affect TL that can be used by Extension agents to help them develop a strategy for engaging farmers in TL.
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Massey, C., Morriss, S., Alpass, F., & Flett, R. (2004). A Framework for Building Technological Learning: Evidence from the New Zealand Dairy Industry. The Journal of Extension, 42(3), Article 7. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol42/iss3/7