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The 21st Century Land Grant Economist


  • Adelaja, Adesoji O.


The land grant system is a value-added infrastructure, designed to extend the boundaries of traditional colleges and universities to bring science to bear on the pressing needs and problems of underserved citizens and communities. With supplemental resources to support mission-oriented research and outreach, the system has addressed a market failure in higher education. It has been a key asset in achieving for the United States a vibrant agricultural economy, a prominent position in world trade, significant rural development, healthy families and communities, and the increasingly sustainable natural resource base that are characteristic of “the great American Society.†This paper explores some of the recent challenges facing the land grant system, provides a framework for examining these challenges, and stresses the need for a new cadre of “land grant economists†to provide leadership as land grants struggle to identify new visions, missions, programs, and innovations that would serve as the bedrock of a new system. Selected areas of emerging opportunities for land grant intervention are also identified.

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  • Adelaja, Adesoji O., 2003. "The 21st Century Land Grant Economist," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Cambridge University Press, vol. 32(2), pages 159-170, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:agrerw:v:32:y:2003:i:02:p:159-170_00

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    1. Nicole Ballenger & Kouadio Diby, 1995. "The National Research Council Study of the Colleges of Agriculture at Land Grant Universities: Status and Thoughts for Agricultural Economists," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 77(5), pages 1329-1336.
    2. Johnston, Warren E., 1985. "The Alternative Funding Of Agricultural Economics Research: The Experience Of The Past Decade And Challenge To The Profession," 1985 Annual Meeting, August 4-7, Ames, Iowa 278571, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
    3. Ballenger, Nicole, 1996. "The National Research Council Report On The Colleges Of Agriculture At The Land Grant Universities: Implications For The Northeast," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 25(2), pages 1-6, October.
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    1. Jeremy D. Foltz & Bradford L. Barham, 2009. "The Productivity Effects of Extension Appointments in Land-Grant Colleges," Review of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 31(4), pages 712-733.
    2. Melissa A. GIBSON & Soji ADELAJA & Mary Beth LAKE, "undated". "Emerging Multi-Disciplinary Research in Land Use: The Case of the Land Policy Institute," Regional and Urban Modeling 284100015, EcoMod.
    3. Tiffany Shih & Brian Wright, 2011. "Agricultural Innovation," NBER Chapters, in: Accelerating Energy Innovation: Insights from Multiple Sectors, pages 49-85, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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