Ag Research Rollout

April 4, 2011

Dr.George Norton (right) led three rollout presentations of the newest CAST Commentary on Monday, March 14, and along with numerous downloads of the material, the information was cited at a Congressional hearing involving the Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Catherine Wotecki.

With global challenges mounting, it is a crucial time to examine the role agricultural research plays in our economic, social, and political well-being. This new CAST Commentary, Investing in a Better Future through Public Agricultural Research,provides objective, science-based insights into the state of U.S.investments in public agricultural research. Led by Dr. Wallace Huffman,a team of respected authors looks at important, timely issues including:

    • The rates of return for agricultural research
    • The question of who should fund research and how
    • Consequences if research lags during this time of economic uncertainty
    • Implications resulting from private research growing faster than public research
    • The best methods for funding public agricultural research

The authors contend, “Larger future investments in public agricultural research can be expected to provide large social benefits relative to costs and to provide a better future for people of the United States and the world.” Their Commentary is directed to the Congress (for funding),the administration (for initiatives), and the public (for insight).  Look at right for free access to the full text of Investing in a Better Future through Public Agricultural Research (Commentary QTA2011-1, 12 pp.).