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Financing Agricultural Economics Research and Extension in the Southern Region

  • W. D. Toussaint (a1)

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Each year, heads of agricultural economics departments meet to discuss mutual issues related to our teaching, extension, and research programs. A major continuing issue is our portion of research and extension funds— with a natural suspicion that we are not being allocated our “fair share.” An additional, and perhaps larger, concern has arisen in the last few years as we recognize the apparent movement toward increasing use of competitive grants for funding agricultural research. It is not the grants idea that concerns us as much as it is the research areas which have been developed and/or may be developed within which we must make our proposals.

Each department in a university draws its sustenance from the same pie. Each is concerned with the size of the pieces devoured by animal science, crop science, and the others. The following comments relate to both share and “pie enlargement.”

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[1] Halvorson, Lloyd C, “A Quarter Century of Agricultural Economics in Retrospect and in Prospect,” Southern Journal of Agricultural Economics, Volume 7, July 1975, pp. 1724.
[2] Knoblauch, H.C Law, E.M., and Meyer, W. P.. State Agricultural Experiment Stations: A History of Research Policy and Procedure, Miscellaneous Publication No. 904, USD A, May 1962.
[3] Leopold, A. Carl. “The Burden of Competitive Grants,” Science, Volume 203, 16 February 1979, p. 607.
[4] National Academy of Sciences. “Report of the Committee on Research Advisory to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.” Washington, D.C.: Division of Biology and Agriculture, National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, 1972.
[5] Ruttan, Vernon W.Bureaucratic Productivity: The Case of Agricultural Research,” Staff Paper P78-16, Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics, University of Minnesota, November 1978.
[6] Smith, Glenn R.Has Social Science Research at the Experiment Stations Increased in Line with Society's Needs and Congressional Intent?American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Volume 55, November 1973, pp. 667669.
[7] Smith, Glenn R.Has Social Science Research at the Experiment Stations Increased in Line with Society's Needs and Congressional Intent?” unpublished and undated paper.

Financing Agricultural Economics Research and Extension in the Southern Region

  • W. D. Toussaint (a1)

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