1st Edition

Privatization of Information and Agricultural Industrialization

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ISBN 9781574441048
Published September 18, 1997 by CRC Press
336 Pages

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Book Description

The respective roles of public and private sector institutions engaged in development and dissemination of agricultural information are currently undergoing dramatic change. Enhanced incentives, new technologies, and changes in industrial organization are spurring private investment. Simultaneously, political and economic conditions are constraining public agencies' participation in the current information boom. Privatization of Information and Agricultural Industrialization identifies the basis and implications of the ongoing shift from public to private sector control of agricultural information. Privatization of information raises meaningful social, economic, and environmental concerns deserving of immediate attention by analysts, advocates, policy makers, and those with a direct economic stake in agriculture. The objectives of the book are to:

Table of Contents

Status and Trends in Agricultural Information
Institutional Relations in Agricultural Information: Transitions and Consequences, S.A. Wolf
Information and Technology Transfer in Agriculture: The Role of the Public and Private Sectors, M. Boehlje
Can Privatization of Information Meet the Goals of a Sustainable Agriculture? D. Keeney and W.T. Vorley
Integrating Public and Private R&D in the Food and Agriculture Sector, D. Holt
Organizational and Technological Change in Production Systems
Can Cooperatives Survive the Privatization of Biotechnology in U.S. Agriculture? E. Ransom, L. Busch, and G. Middendorf
Toward an Agriculture Information System to Maximize Value in Agricultural Data, M.-C. Fortin and F.J. Pierce
The Political Economy of Precision Farming, S.A. Wolf and F.H. Buttel
An Industrializing Animal Agriculture: Challenges and Opportunities Associated with Clustering, A. Purvis
Privatization of Crop Production Information Service Markets, S.A. Wolf
International Cases
Issues in Public and Private Technology Transfer: The Cases of Australia and New Zealand, J. Cary
Landcare: A Recent Australian Extension Phenomenon, B. Scarsbrick
Privatization of Extension in the United Kingdom: Implications for Agriculture and the Rural Economy, M. Bunney
Institutional Innovation
Technology and Information Transfer in U.S. Agriculture: The Role of Land Grant Universities, N. Kalaitzandonakes and J.B. Bullock
The Changing Nature of Agricultural Markets: Implications for Privatization of Technology, Information Transfer, and Land-Grant Research and Extension, D. Zilberman, D. Sunding, and M. Khanna

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