Radio Transcript from Minnesota Farm Network, On the Farm radio show with Tom Rothman
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(8/11/11) —This is Bev Durgan on the Farm. State and federal funding for agricultural research and extension is declining.
The long term solution is to increase public support for the impact farming and agricultural research and extension have on our economy, our communities and our quality of life. The short term solution is to managing these declining funds to increase efficiency and reduce the impact of scarce government dollars.
That is we are doing with agricultural research and extension at the University of Minnesota. The most visible example is teaming up with North Dakota State University. This year—for the first time ever—our two universities are jointly releasing a hard red wheat variety, Prosper.
The research-based information that farmers need on the Minnesota side of the Red River Valley is roughly the same as on the North Dakota side of the Valley and we are sharing staff across state boundaries. North Dakota State and the University of Minnesota currently have five joint faculty positions in sugar beets, potatoes, water quality and food and nutrition. And, we are laying the groundwork for more joint faculty positions with North Dakota and other land grant universities.
This is one of many steps we are taking to increase the efficiency of providing research-based information. We are already a lean operation and the budget cuts will have an impact despite our best efforts to become more efficient in fulfilling our commitment to provide the research and research-based Extension information that helps Minnesota farmers succeed.
This is Bev Durgan on the Minnesota Farm Network