The purpose of this study was to determine the perceptions of ranchers in Noorabad Township of Luristan Province of Iran of their learning needs and preferred program delivery methods. A sample of 102 ranchers was selected using a systematic sampling technique with a random entry point. Data were collected through personal interviews with each rancher. Major conclusions were that ranchers need to learn a variety of rangeland conservation and management concepts. Overgrazing, appropriate method of salting rangelands, water time, pitting, ripping and furrowing techniques for saving water, preventing soil erosion and general deterioration of rangeland were considered/discussed. The choice of education methods, season and location of educational programs, and recruitment methods for educational programs

were also investigated in this study. The low level of literacy, migratory patterns, and significant learning needs of ranchers in the study pose a special challenge for the office of Extension and Training of the Forest and Range Organization of Iran.


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