HOW WILL EXTENSION PERSONNEL WORK
WITH SPECIFIC FARM FAMILIES?
Extension Service workers will not de-
cide questions for the farm families or
manage the farm. Rather, the team of
Extension workers will spend enough time
with each family to understand its situa-
tion and problems. The county team will
then assemble needed information and as-
sist the family in fitting this information
to its own situation. Each farm family will
make its own decisions.
HOW WILL FARM AND HOME DEVELOPMENT
HELP FARM FAMILIES?
Information is the basic tool in Farm
and Home Development. The extension
team will bring as quickly as possible to
the farm family all available information
relating to its problems. Besides, the
county team and the farm family will
work together in fitting this information
to the particular needs of the family.
After getting the latest information and
considering its value, the farm family will
be able to make better decisions about its
farm, home and daily living.
WHY IS FARM AND HOME DEVELOPMENT NEEDED?
Changes in farming, in family living
and in the demand for agricultural pro-
ducts during the past few years have forced
farm families to continually adjust their
operations to maintain a satisfactory level
of living. Many farm families are aware of
new research developments and economic
trends, but they still face the problem of
applying this information to their own
Farm and Home Development is de-
signed to help farm families to keep
abreast of the latest technical information
and to use the information to their ad-
WILL FARM AND HOME DEVELOPMENT WORK
BE EXPANDED TO TIE OTHER COUNTIES?
Experience gained in working with a
limited number of pilot farm families will
determine how far we should shift the
regular Extension program toward the Farm
and Home Development approach. The
desires of farm families in the State will
also largely guide our steps in this direc-
This approach requires some special
training --we must allow time for this.
Currently employed Extension people must
receive this training while carrying on
their regular duties. Extension is making
plans to introduce Farm and Home De-
velopment of the newly employed workers
before they begin work in the counties.
If you and your family want more in-
formation about Farm and Home Develop-
ment, contact your County Agent or Home
COOPERATIVE EXTENSION WORK IN
AGRICULTURE AND HOME ECONOMICS
(Acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914)
Agricultural Extension Service, University of Florida
Florida State University and
United States Department of Agriculture, Cooperating
H. G. Clayton, Director
Circular 134 June 1955
FARM AND HOME DEVELOPMENT WORK
AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION SERVICE
AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION SERVICE
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
FARM AND HOME DEVELOPMENT
Since the beginning of Extension work,
we in Extension have found it necessary
from time to time to adjust methods to
changing conditions. In most instances,
conditions have changed gradually and the
necessary adjustments have attracted very
Farm families have undergone major
changes in their conditions of agricultural
production and living since the end of
World War II. For example, many farm
families now operate mechanized farms
and homes that are vastly different from
nonmechanized prewar units. This and
other changes have created new prob-
lems to a relatively fixed number of
On July 1, 1954, we received addi-
tional Federal funds. These funds provided
an opportunity to employ some needed
additional workers and for concentrated
efforts toward these more recent farm and
We are calling this new work Farm and
Home Development. With it, we are tak-
ing another step in adjusting Extension
Service work to meet the ever-changing
conditions in our State.
H. G. CLAYTON
Director of Extension
WHAT IS FARM AND HOME DEVELOPMENT?
It is a method of doing Extension work.
This method views the farm, home and
family as a unit. With it are brought out
the connections between the problems of
making money, spending money and get-
ting the most enjoyment out of the whole
Viewing the farm, home and family as
a unit requires that Extension people work
as a team. Extension Service personnel in
the county make up the team that works
with the individual farm family units. The
remainder of the Land-Grant College per-
sonnel, the U. S. Department of Agricul-
ture, and other useful information sources
are also a part of the team, but they re-
main in the background.
WHAT ARE THE OBJECTIVES OF FARM
AND HOME DEVELOPMENT?
The goals of Farm and Home Develop-
ment are to help farm families recognize
and think through their problems and
opportunities; plan a sound system of
farming and homemaking; put their plans
into action; and adjust these plans wisely
as the situation demands.
These goals are no different from the
traditional aims of the Agricultural Ex-
tension Service. The reason for Farm and
Home Development is that it offers a
chance to reach these goals more
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