Extension must modify its historical agricultural educational emphasis from one addressing primarily the production of food to one that addresses the production of food in a system encompassing the goals of individuals, society, and the environment. In the search to incorporate more ecological rationale into agricultural production, Extension educators should develop a deeper understanding of the nature of agroecosystems and the principles and processes by which they function. A contemporary Extension agricultural program that understands agroecology and believes in the need for a more sustainable production system will lead the way toward a more profitable and environmentally friendly agriculture.
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Cecil, K. (2004). Integrating Ecology and Relating Natural Systems to Agriculture: An Increased Priority for Extension Agricultural Programming. The Journal of Extension, 42(5), Article 3. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol42/iss5/3