Australian research funders, research providers, educators and agricultural producers were surveyed to elicit their views on future directions and needs of agricultural education. Information was gathered concerning the missions, challenges and likely major changes facing universities and state government agencies associated with agriculture over the next decade. An overriding focus on environmental management and sustainability was evident in answers with a need for closer interaction between providers of education and research and users of knowledge, particularly agricultural producers. Attracting high-performing students to fields servicing agriculture, and integrating agricultural and environmental knowledge, were highlighted as particular needs. It was concluded that existing provision of educational services is failing to meet expectations of producers in terms of information delivery, creation of attractive learning environments, and involvement of stakeholders in decision making. An education and research provider partnership with industry was seen as a logical outcome of current debates.


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