March, 2018
    The Impact and Role of Public Funding in Agriculture and the US Economy

    March 29, 2018


    This will be a brief, engaging overview of past accomplishments, present conditions, and future possibilities for public and private research funding on the US economy and quality of life. The USDA and other agencies have funded billions of dollars in research that has benefitted all of society, not just agriculture. The amount of public money spent on research in all aspects of agriculture is just a tiny fraction of the total invested in food production, but it has far-reaching impacts on human and animal health, the environment, and the entire US economy. Every aspect of the economy, from individual farms to local communities to foreign trade, has benefited greatly from agricultural research; however, current funding may not be adequate to rise to the challenges of present and future societal needs.

    The webinar is intended for anyone who buys or eats food, but will be of special interest to students, faculty, specialists, and anyone involved in agriculture. It will provide a brief summary of the past and present, with questions and ideas for the future. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion at the end.

    If you need additional information please contact John McNamara: or Ken Olson: