Note: You can read part 1 and part 2 of this three part series also -
Part 2 - Fat won't make you fat
Last Thursday, President Obama visited my state’s metropolitan area and noted that unemployment would be much lower if we still had all the teachers, Extension agents, and researchers on payrolls by local, state and federal government that we had years ago.
Despite the polar opinion I read on Obama, the above statement is fact – especially for agriculture. As the taxpayers ask for less taxes, we get less of everything. In our own animal science department at the University of Minnesota, we have less cows, less researchers, less statewide specialists, and less of everything versus decades ago. We do have more technology and equipment, however.
But, compared to 10 years ago, there are at least 5 full-time dairy professor or Extension educator appointments wiped from the books, and who knows how many compared to 50 years ago. I would venture to guess the trend nationwide is very much the same for all of dairy and agriculture, and all but a few emerging fields of science in general.
What happened to all the research?
If you already read Part 1 and Part 2 in this series, you realize the research on fat was done by a land-grant professor at my own University of Minnesota. But as much as we talk about a revolving door in politics, the merry go-round of academia may be worse, and there’s no easy way to solve it.
View All Blogs »