The Demand For Agricultural Research by State Governments

Jyoti Khanna, Iowa State University
Wallace E. Huffman, Iowa State University
Todd Sandler, Iowa State University


Public agricultural research in 'the United States is conducted- by state agricultural experiment stations (SAES) and'by the' research agencies of the USDA.. Both have research.'activities 'in ;every state." A. vast^ amount "of research and experiments has shown that the'-performance of plants and to-a lesser extent animals', ' in which! new technologies are frequently-embodied,' is altered by ,local geoclimatic conditions-that; differ within' and between states. Basic research and livestock .research"^ to- some extent lead to new knowledge or technologies that spill widely across^ state boundaries^; '-Thus, public-^ agricultural-.research produces-knowledge .that/is both^ state specific' and general.