Group Title: On networking : Farming Systems Support Project
Title: On networking
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Title: On networking
Physical Description: v. : ; 28 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Farming Systems Support Project
Publisher: Farming Systems Support Project.
Place of Publication: Gainesville Fla
Publication Date: September 25, 1985
Copyright Date: 1985
Subject: Agricultural education -- Periodicals -- Florida -- Gainesville   ( lcsh )
Genre: government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
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General Note: Description based on: No. 6 (July 6, 1984); title from caption.
General Note: Latest issue consulted: No. 14 (Oct. 24, 1984)
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Telephone: (904) 392-1965
Farming Systems Support Project
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
University of Florida
3028 McCarty Hall
Gainesville, Florida 32611

On Networking # 24 September 25, 1985

* The FSSP Advisory Council, in consultation with the Director and the Core,
recommend that each support entity prepare 1985 Annual Reports and 1986 Annual
Workplans. Administrative Coordinators and Program Leaders should assume
responsiblaity for* T cowwlein these -1 p^v.

The report format is in the Procedural Guidelines and is the same as that
used last year. Both reports are due in the FSSP office by December 2, 1985
so that general summaries can appear in the final FSSP plans and reports.

There are several important reasons for preparing these reports. First,
these reports, taken together, cumulatively represent the full dimension of
farming systems activities at your respective institutions and identify sane
of the broader implications of the FSSP. Second, each entity shares their
planning for the coming year, which may specifically relate to the FSSP,
involve institutional commitment to one or more support entities, or outline a
variety of farming systems activities. Third, we still believe that reporting
and planning these activities may assist in stabilizing investments in the
important aspects associated with farming systems research and extension to
achieve agricultural development goals both domestically and Internationally.
Finally, this is the best opportunity for support entities to contribute to
the overall workplan of the FSSP.

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* Given the nature of the agenda for the FSSP Annual Meetings (see On
Networking #23) and since the FSSP is funding one participant from each
support entity, tne Advisory council recommends that Program Leaders attend on
behalf of the FSSP. Administrative Coordinators and Program Associates are
encouraged to attend through their own funding sources.

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* The Office of International Programs and the Office of Arid Lands Studies
at the University of Arizona will conduct a three-day workshop on Farming
Systems Research and Extension in Arid Lands, October 28-30, 1985 in Tucson.
Check with Workshop Coordinator Michael Norvelle to see if there is still
space available (or to express an interest in a future offering of this course
if your scheduling conflicts with this one). Call him at 602/621-4416. He is
otherwise accessible by writing: Mr. Michael Norvelle
FSR/E in Arid Lands Workshop
International Agriculture Programs
209 Nugent Building, #40
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona 85721


Goals of the Workshop are: to characterize farming systems in arid lands,
such as crop and livestock systems; to gain an understanding of agricultural
production in arid lands and an appreciation of special problems that may be
encountered in rural and agricultural development of arid lands, especially in
the face of severe changes (such as the settlement of nomadic groups, and the
change to irrigated agriculture from rained and/or recession agriculture);
and to gain an insight into the appropriateness of the FSR/E concept and
methodology in approaching rural and agricultural development in arid lands.
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