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Risk Research And Public Outreach: A Tale Of Two Cultures?

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  • Selley, Roger A.
  • Wilson, Paul N.

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Agricultural economists have been challenged in recent years, by voices inside and outside the profession, to evaluate the integrity of the operational bridge between research and extension activities in the land grant system. This essay investigates links between the work of risk researchers and outreach programs. Survey results indicate that (a) a significant number of risk researchers are involved in extension activities; (b) extension economists are less frequently involved in risk research than their colleagues with no extension appointment; (c) full-time extension economists use less sophisticated risk tools in their outreach efforts than used in their research; and (d) all respondents, regardless of appointment, see a need for more applied risk analysis. Major challenges include a lack of financial support to close the data gap and to conduct relevant applied analysis present major communication challenges.

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  • Selley, Roger A. & Wilson, Paul N., 1997. "Risk Research And Public Outreach: A Tale Of Two Cultures?," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 22(02), December.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:jlaare:30844
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    1. Richard E. Just & Gordon C. Rausser, 1989. "An Assessment of the Agricultural Economics Profession," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 71(5), pages 1177-1190.
    2. Anderson, Kim B. & Mapp, Harry P., Jr., 1996. "Risk Management Programs In Extension," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 21(01), July.
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    1. Vergara, Oscar & Martin, Steven W. & Coble, Keith H. & Knight, Thomas O. & Patrick, George F. & Baquet, Alan E., 2003. "Extension Educators' Supply Of Risk Management Training To Farmers," 2003 Annual Meeting, February 1-5, 2003, Mobile, Alabama 35245, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
    2. Bharat M. Upadhyay & Douglas L. Young, 2004. "An Operational Approach For Evaluating Investment Risk: An Application To The No-Till Transition," Others 0412002, EconWPA.
    3. Grove, Bennie & Taljaard, Pieter R. & Cloete, Philip C., 2007. "A Stochastic Budgeting Analysis of Three Alternative Scenarios to Convert from Beef-Cattle Farming to Game Ranching," Agrekon, Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA), vol. 46(4), December.
    4. Bharat M. Upadhyay & Douglas L. Young, 2005. "An Operational Approach for Evaluating Investment Risk: An Application to the No-Till Transition," Working Papers 2005-1, School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University.

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