Ag funds fall short

first_imgAs the people who must provide the research needed to keepU.S. agriculture at its best, administrators and scientists ofland-grant universities are beginning to understand theirimplications clearly.The real problem they see is that too many of the people who fund their research are thinking “farmer” instead of “food.” They’re seeing support of agriculture as helping a tiny minority instead of the food-eating whole of their constituents.”State and federal support of land-grant universities hasdeclined in many states,” said Gale Buchanan, dean and directorof the University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences. “As a result, we have lost substantialcapacity to carry out our research.”Buchanan said the CAES has lost more than 400 state-fundedpositions since 1990. “Our programs are very successful,” hesaid. “But they’re often taken for granted.”With their budgets declining, presidents and key administrators from more than 200 agricultural colleges acrossthe nation have joined with industry representatives to seeknew funding sources. To work collectively, a series oflistening sessions were scheduled in Ohio, Texas, California,and most recently, Georgia.”Our funding is on a collision course,” Buchanan said. “Having the presidents of our land-grant universities working together to do something about this is like having Tiger Woods in your foursome or Herschel Walker in your backfield. It definitely gives you a leg up.”The nation’s food supply should be of concern to everyone in the United States, said Peter Magrath, president of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges.NASULGC, along with the National Coalition for Food andAgricultural Research, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and UGA,sponsored the final listening session June 3 at UGA.”We’ve got a real problem in terms of the erosion of support in the area of food,” Magrath said. “We need funding to maintain in this country a safe, secure and nutritious food supply. After all, 100 percent of us need to eat.”Researchers commonly apply for grants from Federal agencies and other organizations to supplement their research efforts.Information gathered from the four national listening sessions will be used to design and develop a strategic plan for increasing federal support of food-related research, extension and education programs at state universities and land-grant colleges.The funding plan will identify appropriate sources of federal funds that aren’t considered traditional partners of food and agriculture.Partnerships will be explored with agencies such as theNational Institutes of Health, the Environmental ProtectionAgency and the departments of commerce, energy and state.”I think we’re going to have to become more creative and seek new partnerships and begin to depend more on the private sector,” said UGA President Michael Adams. “We won’t apologize for depending on the private sector for funding support. Our fates are intertwined.”last_img read more

Isla set for QPR move

first_img The 47-cap Chile defender has completed his medical at Loftus Road and tweeted news of his move on Tuesday morning, before later removing the post. Redknapp’s fourth summer signing should be officially ratified just a day after QPR paid a fee believed to reach £6million to prise Jordon Mutch away from Cardiff City. The 26-year-old Chilean should see his QPR move confirmed once the club receive official endorsement on the transfer from the Football Association. Manager Harry Redknapp has secured Isla’s services on a one-year loan with a view to a permanent transfer, Press Association Sport understands. Juventus defender Mauricio Isla has completed terms on a season-long loan deal with QPR, with the London club awaiting work-permit confirmation.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more