155 – Another Symposium on “Understanding Practice Change by Rural Landholders”

Interest in the national symposium on rural practice change that we held in Melbourne last November was very high, so a somewhat similar event will be run in Perth on 8 July 2009, at the University of Western Australia Club.

The Melbourne event attracted around 400 delegates, including people from the public sector, regional natural resource management bodies, private consultants, media, agricultural input suppliers, universities, CSIRO and students.

The symposium in WA will include several speakers from the original event, supplemented by a range of additional experts. It is presented by the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, The Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy, and the Institute of Agriculture at UWA.

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The following people have agreed to speak at the event.

David Pannell (University of WA)"Overview: Understanding and promoting adoption of new practices by rural landholders"
Roger Wilkinson (Department of Primary Industries, Victoria)
"The many meanings of adoption"
Romy Greiner (River Consulting, Queensland)
"Motivations, risk perceptions and adoption of conservation practices by farmers"
Rick Llewellyn (CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, South Australia)"Targeting extension effectively"
Frank D'Emden (Department of Agriculture and Food WA)"Adoption of conservation tillage"
Perry Dolling (Department of Agriculture and Food WA)
"Constraints to the widespread adoption of lucerne in Western Australia"
Peter Sullivan (Avon Catchment Council) and speakers from South Coast NRM and Northern Agricultural Catchments Council
"Regional NRM body experiences in pursuing farmer practice change"
Michael Robertson (CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems)
"Multiple methods to understand practice change"
Karen Barroga (University of WA)
"Constraints on adoption of complex technologies"
David Pannell (University of WA)
"Policy aspects of rural practice change"
Sally Marsh (University of WA)
"Using incentive payments to promote rural practice change"
Kevin Goss (Future Farm Industries CRC)
Chair and wrap-up session "Key points and implications"


The official launch of the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy follows immediately after the Symposium, also at the University Club.

David Pannell, The University of Western Australia

Further Reading

Pannell, D.J., Marshall, G.R., Barr, N., Curtis, A., Vanclay, F. and Wilkinson, R. (2006). Understanding and promoting adoption of conservation practices by rural landholders. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture 46(11): 1407-1424.

If you or your organisation subscribes to the Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture you can access the paper at: (or non-subscribers can buy a copy on-line for A$25). Otherwise, email to ask for a copy.