Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Coffee with your Colleagues: An Overview of Rates of Return to Agricultural Research May 20

Coffee with your Colleagues: An Overview of Rates of Return to Agricultural Research

An informational seminar sponsored by C-FARE

Time: 9 AM to 10 AM ET 
Date: May 20, 2013 
Location: 355 E Street SW, Washington DC, 20024 
Auditorium on the first floor of Patriots Plaza III 
Coffee and muffins provided


In a state of increasingly constrained federal budgets, it is even more important to identify public investments in agriculture that support productivity and growth and pay high dividends to taxpayers. According to USDA ERS, "Growth in agriculture is highly dependent on R&D spending, which is the primary driver of productivity improvement over the long term."i Please join your colleagues who are part of the US Agricultural R&D system from the federal government, academic community and private sectors for a chance to mingle and learn more about recent reports addressing evidence for returns to agricultural research and the long-term trends in agricultural R&D funding, including what this implies for future productivity growth in U.S. agriculture.

Damona Doye, C-FARE Chair, and Sarkeys Distinguished Professor and Regents Professor and Extension Economist, Oklahoma State University

Evidence on Returns to Agricultural Research Keith Fuglie, Chief of the Resource, Environmental, and Science Policy Branch in the Resource and Rural Economics Division, USDA ERS

Implications of R&D funding for Long-Term Agricultural Productivity Growth Paul Heisey, Economist, USDA ERS

This seminar is sponsored by C-FARE. C-FARE is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the national presence of the agricultural economics profession. C-FARE promotes the work of applied economists and serves as a catalyst for incorporating economic thinking into the analysis of food, agricultural and resource decisions. We serve as a conduit between the academic research community and Washington, DC policymakers and agency personnel, matching expertise to public needs.

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