Sorry to hear about your experience. I majored in Geology and was
appalled to find out that all I could do was work for an energy company
or more graduate school and do research for energy companies.
Disgusting, ain't it?
Extension here in Tennessee is about the worst in the country, except
for Alabama and Mississippi. (I wonder if they say the same thing about
Tennessee.) No sustainable program, the source of all the derision about
organic farmers, locked into research on how to use the most chemicals
and expensive equipment. The TN Dept. of Ag. didn't even know how to
direct farmers to the organic certifying group! (Our coordinator played
dumb and called to see if they could direct him to a state certifying
agency- after mailing info to most of their offices.)
What are the land grant U's doing? They're doing research and
development for the big Ag businesses. These fund the research and
designate what research is done for the money. We've got the best land
grant system that money can buy.
Very little budgeted there for sust. ag. is nit unique. A minute portion
of the USDA budget is spent on these programs. A good deal of the money
is spent on PR for the programs to make them visible- smoke and mirrors.
(Remember, "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!"?)
Signing off from high atop Walden Ridge.
"Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore." - Dorothy
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