Sugarbeet growers have always been innovative. The Grower Idea Contest was initiated to attract and disseminate ideas that led to innovations resulting in improved production efficiency. Ideas were willingly shared and adopted by many growers. Adoption of ideas generally resulted in higher yields, economic savings, improved safety, and better quality of life for the growers and their communities. Extension educators in many fields can use such contests to encourage development and dissemination of innovative practices.
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Khan, M. F. (2005). Using a Contest to Attract and Disseminate Innovative Production Practices. The Journal of Extension, 43(1), Article 28. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol43/iss1/28