Teamwork, the Cornerstone for Cotton Extension Programs

Thomas A. Burch


In addition to teams that develop within Extension, teams are formed between Extension and several groups to develop, implement and evaluate cotton Extension programs. They include teams between Extension and research, industry, organizations, consultants and producers. In the future it may be necessary to add some new players to these teams to address emerging issues such as the environmental aspects of cotton production or dealing with cotton production and marketing in global economy. In addition, Extension's shift to issues based programming is sure to create a need for new team members.

Webster defines teamwork as "joint action by a group of people in which each person subordinates his individual interests and opinions to the unity and efficiency of the group." Teamwork can be found in every facet of cotton Extension programs. It takes different forms in different states. It may be called teamwork or task force or working group or perhaps by another name. But, regardless of the name, the goal is always the same -- a group of people who pool their talents and expertise to improve the cotton industry.

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1987 Beltwide Cotton Production Conference pp. 68 - 72
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