Everett Griner at Southeast AgNET tells us today how agriculture research is slowing down in the current economic/political environment. This is not good for agriculture. American farmers now compete in an ever-changing global economy. To compete, they must innovate, and innovation means taking risks – innovative practices and crops are by definition possible (likely?) to fail. Agricultural researchers take this risk for farmers (at least some of it). Our excellent extension professionals (extension agents and TSPs at federal, state and NGO’s) pass this knowledge – sans risk - to producers. Congress should consider this in budget decisions….
“…Guess who’s going to be affected by these decisions? YOU.” – E. Griner.