Klinefelter: By the Numbers
Danny Klinefelter DTN Farm Business Advisor
Mon Oct 5, 2015 06:34 AM CDT

When it comes to research and continuing education on business management issues, commercial producers are pretty much on their own. The federal government and private foundations have chosen to direct their research and extension funding to start-up beginning farmers and socially disadvantaged producers. Academic research in agricultural economics and agribusiness is almost entirely oriented toward refereed journal articles which are almost never read by producers. Undergraduate teaching programs don't address many of the areas needed by students who plan to go into farming or ranching careers, and most extension programs delivered at the commercial producers' level are fee-based.

Unfortunately, most ...

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