Agricultural research continues funding scramble

This article, reposted from Southeast Farm Press, takes a bleak look at the future of university agricultural research funding.

In recent years, university agricultural research funding has too often been short.

The new reality for researchers and administrators is a near-constant scramble to find ways to keep research programs afloat.

The March 1 sequester, says Michael Mazourek, further jeopardizes the gains made in research programs. Mazourek, an assistant professor in Cornell University’s Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, tells a story that he insists could be told by agriculture professors and researchers across the country.

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