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Science for Agriculture: A Long-Term Perspective, 2nd Edition

Science for Agriculture: A Long-Term Perspective, 2nd Edition

Wallace E. Huffman, Robert E. Evenson

ISBN: 978-0-470-75254-8 February 2008 Wiley-Blackwell 314 Pages




Science for Agriculture was the first thorough quantitative and analytical treatment of the history of the U.S. agricultural research system and as such has served as the foundation for research over the 10 years since its publication. The benefits from public and private investment in agricultural research are immense and should be understood by every student of the agricultural science system in the United States.

The second edition updates important landmarks, components, characteristics, and trends of the U.S. system for developing and applying science to increase the productivity and advancements of agriculture.

Science for Agriculture, 2nd Edition, is essential reading for agriculture educators and researchers, Land Grant administrators, food and agri-industry R&D and all others who need to understand the factors that will influence future public agricultural research policy.

Foreword (Vernon W. Ruttan).



1) The Evolution of the U.S. System.

2) The Development of a System of Agricultural Sciences.

3) The Agricultural Scientist.

4) Resources and Their Allocation.

5) The Private Sector, Biotechnology and R&D for Agriculture.

6) International Dimensions of U.S. Agricultural Research.

7) Economics of the Provision of Public Agricultural Research.

8) Research Contributions to Agricultural Productivity.

9) The SAES-USDA System: Challenges for the 21st Century.



"The book is superbly produced and has special utility for policy makers, senior managers and strategic analysts in advanced agriculture."
Experimental Agriculture
· Shows the impacts internationally of U.S. agriculture R&D on the rest of the world.

· Reviews the changes and assesses the implications of the rising role of private universities in research, and the more aggressive stance of public universities in obtaining intellectual property protection and attempting to obtain income directly from discoveries—either through licensing, sale, or joint ventures.

· Discusses the “research for profit” philosophy and its successes and failures in regard to public and private universities and industry, and intellectual property protection.

· Explores the increase in institutional endowments and their impact on the scope and direction of agricultural research.

· Describes the changes and trends in federal and state legislation regarding formula funding and competitive funding for agricultural research.

· Explains the nature of the struggle between local and federal interests in attempting to set the research agenda.