By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag Net
Big cracks in a ground trying to hold on to a withering crop are getting to be a common sight in fields all across Ohio. It is easy to see how important one component of a growing season can be, and the same can be said for cultivating the next set of ag professionals coming through colleges and universities all over America.
Just as crops needs rain to be productive, universities and Extension programs require funding — a resource necessity for churning out a bumper crop of great ag minds that is becoming as scare as rain in a drought. This is a growing problem in Ohio and around the country. Long time University of Illinois crop physiology professor Fred Below sees challenges for the future of Extension in general.
“We’ve taken at big hit at our Extension programs,” Below said. “It comes down to budget cuts with less and less money and trying to do more with less.”… Continue readingRead More »