On Oct 21, 3:20pm, Bluestem Associates wrote:
> Subject: Organic --- extension & land grants
> Organic and quasi organic farmers should just get on with building
> their businesses and caring for their land. If you need a grant to do
> it, it's probably not sustainable anyway. Don't worry about
> recognition from extension and land grants. If you do a good and
> sustainable job without always coming to the public teat you might
> eventually attract their attention anyway.
> Don't bother trying to imitate the folly of the broader organic
> industry in the US, much of which sought an ego-boost in the form of
> government legislation recognising organics. The resulting boondoggle
> may yet make it into the annals of history as the biggest and most
> domineering bureaucracy ever developed for such a marginal segment of
> an industry.
> Looking for acknowledgement from extension and land grants seemingly
> repeats the same errors, albeit on a smaller scale. If you've got an
> interested and cooperative ag rep / extension agent, great. If not,
> don't waste your time.
> Darrell Norton, director of the USDA's National Soil Erosion Research
> Laboratory at Purdue, put it very succinctly --- " A lot of extension
> people stop learning when they finish their degrees." [Wisconsin
> Agriculturalist, May 1998]
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