An Urban's View
Urban C. Lehner Editor Emeritus
Sun Jan 25, 2015 07:14 PM CST

Anyone who cares about agriculture must care about agricultural research. It's the fountainhead of solutions to agriculture's most vexing challenges -- fighting new pests and diseases, coping with climate change, meeting the public's expanding nutritional and food-safety demands, to mention just a few.

Anyone who cares about agricultural research must care about fundamental or basic research. It's the factory that manufactures the science that gives rise to technologies, including agricultural technologies. It forges the knowledge that becomes knowhow. Its benefits are big and broadly shared across society.

Anyone who cares about basic ag research must worry about how it's organized ...

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