عنوان مقاله [English]
Farmers’ satisfaction of the extension expert’ activities is one of the important factors in acceptance of and participation in extensional activities. The extension agents of Miandoab Agricultural Jihad Administration have held various extension activities such as educational classes, demonstration and research farms visitings in order to familiarize the farmers with the principles and benefits of sustainable agriculture. The purpose of this study was to identify the factors affecting farmers' satisfaction of extension activities in the field of sustainable agriculture in the villages of Miandoab County. This research was an applied and descriptive-correlational study. The statistical population of the research was 5154 rural household heads living in 18 villages covered by agricultural service. The sample size was 360 cases which was estimated by Krejcie and Morgan table. The samples were selected from 9 villages by a random and proportional allocation method. The interview method was used to collect the information of the research. The research tool included eight sections and 50 questions. The validity of the research tool was evaluated using the members of a research committee through formal content analysis method. The reliability of the different sections of the research tool, which had been designed in the form of a Likert type scale, was assessed using the Cronbach's alpha coefficients (ranged from 0.74 to 0.87). The dependent variable of the research was the level of satisfaction of farmers that measured by six questions in the form of a five-point Likert scale. Stepwise regression analysis was used to identify the influencing factors. Data analysis showed that the average satisfaction of farmers was below 2. The quality of extension services, expectation of extension services, and the age of farmers had significant effects on the dependent variable and 30% of the farmers' satisfaction variance was predicted by these three variables.