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Training The Next Generation Of Extension Economists, Mykel Taylor, Wendong Zhang Jan 2019

Training The Next Generation Of Extension Economists, Mykel Taylor, Wendong Zhang

Economics Publications

Since its inception in the Smith–Lever Act of 1914, Extension has been a hallmark of the tripartite mission of U.S. land grant universities. In fact, arguably, Extension is a globally unique feature of the U.S. public universities that provide practical higher education opportunities to the public (Rasmussen, 1989; Gould, Steele, and Woodrum, 2014). Through the Cooperative Extension System, a unique partnership among federal, state, and county governments allows “useful and practical” researched-based knowledge to be disseminated beyond the campuses of various land grant universities to farmers, ranchers, and consumers. However, this century-old cooperative system is at a ...


The Farm Management Extension Audience Of 2030, Alejandro Plastina, Kelvin Leibold, Matthew Stockton Jan 2019

The Farm Management Extension Audience Of 2030, Alejandro Plastina, Kelvin Leibold, Matthew Stockton

Economics Publications

During the halftime of his son’s football game, Farmer Brown asks his smartphone for a real-time cost-effectiveness analysis of three alternative treatments to suppress weeds in two acres over the Missouri River, where remote imagery technology identified weed pressure trending up and nearing 90% of the acre- and corn-stage-specific weed threshold. The device calculates real-time partial budget analyses using acre-specific weather forecasts, soil conditions, labor and machinery costs, corn growth stage and projected yields, weed species, and cutting-edge technology to respond with information about the cost-effectiveness of reducing weed pressure to 75%, 80%, and 85% of the threshold as ...


Forging A University Research Mission, Joshua L. Rosenbloom Jan 2015

Forging A University Research Mission, Joshua L. Rosenbloom

Economics Publications

The university exists to accommodate and implement the whole human learning process, and this must include creative scholarship and research. Thus research is not an optional activity of the university, not merely a legitimate pursuit of those who may be interested and willing to dedicate their spare time, nor an assignment justified to either the university or the professor by the resultant income in dollars and publicity. Rather, research is an inescapable responsibility of the university and an inseparable part of its total educational function. "The Place of Research in the University"


A Course Every Department Can (Should?) Teach–Graduating Senior Survey, Ron Deiter Jun 2003

A Course Every Department Can (Should?) Teach–Graduating Senior Survey, Ron Deiter

Economics Publications

A Graduating Senior Survey course has been required of Agricultural Business majors at Iowa State University since 1997. Specific course goals include collecting valuable outcomes assessment information while, at the same time, assisting graduating seniors with various graduation issues. The format of this course is intended to facilitate the administration of an academic program rather than to disseminate specific, subject-matter knowledge. As such, experiences and observations from past offerings of this course should have widespread appeal and relevance.


A Perspective On The Market For Agricultural Economists: Background, Trends, And Issues, Wallace E. Huffman, Larry J. Connor Jul 1986

A Perspective On The Market For Agricultural Economists: Background, Trends, And Issues, Wallace E. Huffman, Larry J. Connor

Economics Publications

This paper summarizes broad trends in the market for and training of agricultural economists, models of professional labor markets, and key issues facing the agricul- tural economics profession. The number of U.S. Ph.D. agricultural economists grew at a 7 percent rate during 1973 to 1983. An increasing share of them are being employed in business-industry. Some issues facing the profession are: potential imbal- ance in Ph.D.s supplied and demanded, type and quality of graduate education needed to meet diverse job roles of doctor- ates, demand growth potential for masters level agricultural economists