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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:

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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Name: Privatization of Information and Agricultural Industrialization (Hardback)CRC Press 
Description: By Steven A. WolfContributors: Dennis R. Keeney, Amy Purvis Thurow, Francis J. Pierce, Steven A. Wolf, David Zilberman, Michael Boehle, Jo Bruce Bullock, M. Bunney, Lawrence Busch, Frederick H. Buttel, John William Cary, Marie-Claude Fortin, Donald H. Holt, Nicholas Kalaitzandonares, Madhu Khanna, Gerad Middendorf, Brian Scarsbrick, Elizabeth Ransom, David Sunding, William T. Vorley. 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...
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