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How RMPP Action Network worked

NOTE: this page outlines the process RMPP Action Network followed for establishing and running Action Groups.  The principles of this process apply for any peer to peer small group learning and support initiative.

8 steps to more profit

Over a 12-month period, a farm business that was part of an Action Group went through the eight steps shown below. To get a feel for the process, follow these steps through the video clips that explain the journey of farmers, Sarah and Tim, how their Connector Kate helped them, and how their group's Facilitator Ben got involved.

1. An idea, an opportunity, a challenge

New Zealand red meat farmers are some of the most innovative in the world, constantly looking for new ways to do things. However at times, having a bit of support to make sure the ideas are worth investing time and effort into would be helpful.  RMPP Action Network was created to give farmers the confidence to turn those great ideas into action.

2. Farmer connected

There are a few ways farmers could connect in with RMPP Action Network. They may form their own group, already be a part of a discussion group that they are looking to turn into an Action Group or they may be approached by a rural professional who is pulling together a group. 

3. Action Group formed

Once the farmers came together an Action Group was formed.  The Action Group consisted of between 7-9 farm businesses who have a shared area of focus.  It could be a broad topic such as breeding and genetics or could be very specific such as looking at whether fodder beet is the right crop to be growing in a certain part of the country.  The group decided which trained facilitator they would like to use. The facilitator guided the farmers in deciding how they wanted to run their Action Group.

4. Extension Plan and Farm Action Plan drawn up

With the help of their trained facilitator, an Action Group created an Extension Plan.  It outlined what objectives the Action Group wanted to achieve, activities they planned to run and an approximate cost of this.  Each farm business also created a short Farm Action Plan with their own goals, objectives and actions relevant to their farm business.

5. Extension Plan approved

The extension plan was sent to RMPP for review and approval.  This initiated the availability of their Action Group funding.

6. Planned activities occur

Once the plan was approved by RMPP, the Action Group could start!  These activities could be a field day, workshop, farm visit, tour of a high performing farm, the list goes on.  It all depended on what the farmers had decided they wanted to do in their Extension Plan.

7. Review of Extension Plan

After 12 months the Action Group reviewed their original Extension Plan and decided what they wanted to look at for the following year.  They also completed a short survey and reviewed how their facilitator has performed.  This helped RMPP measure the effectiveness and impact of the programme.

8. Action on-farm

The purpose of RMPP Action Network is to give farmers the confidence to put their good ideas into action. An individual farmer's Farm Action Plan may take longer to implement than others depending on what topics they had chosen to look at.  

Interested in being involved in a B+LNZ Action Group?

Beef + Lamb New Zealand support the establishment and running of Action Groups.  To learn how to get involved go to https://beeflambnz.com/action-groups for more information, email actiongroupinfo@beeflambnz.com or telephone 0800 733 632. 


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