That said, here are some general guidelines in my experience.
On Thu, 24 Aug 1995, Kathleen Delate wrote:
> Hi, I just joined this list, am working at a Land Grant Univ.,and am very
> interested in hearing from the farmers on the following:
Qualifier, I'm not a farmer, I'm an advocate supporting farmer-leadership
> i) What are the best times for meetings?
Generally, mid-week in the evenings - unless you're talking about dairy
farmers - then, it's best to ask the farmers you want to come, personally.
> ii) What incentives can we use to get farmers to attend/participate in
> our meetings?
1) Make it a meeting on something with immediate relevance -
enough to cause the farmer to risk losing income by leaving the farm
to attend your meeting. Suggest you ask a focus group of farmers
what they think of the meeting you're planning.
2) Serve a free meal
3) Be prepared for a significant percentage who said they would
come to be no-shows due to some unexpected, urgent situation on
the farm. Don't hold it against them.
iii) Do farmers respond to questionnaires sent ahead of meetings?
Maybe, if it is short, relevant and easy to respond (pre-addressed,
stamped envelope and short, multiple choice questions are good ideas)
> iv) Have farmers given up on the Land Grant system?
Ask a farmer. I ain't touchin' that one.
> Thank you!
You're welcome. Good luck!