Knowing of your interest in agricultural research funding, you might be interested in seeing a copy of the latest publication from the Economic Research Service (ERS) of the U. S. Department of Agriculture. The ERS economic brief (Economic Brief Number 17, July 2011), Public Agriculture Research Spending and Future U. S. Agricultural Productivity Growth: Scenarios for 2010-2050, is a document you should review.
You can access the six-page ERS economic brief at:
Jack M. Payne, Senior Vice President of Agriculture and Natural Resources
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