Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Land Grant Universities

The state based Land Grant universities were established and given the mission of being the heart of state based local farming systems. They can also be involved in national and global initiatives as long as they fulfill their local obligation. When the local systems were disbanded the primary focus shifted to national and global programs. With the increasing interests in the revitalization of local systems they must again recognize their local obligations.

Monday, April 12, 2010

The National Farming System

During the past century it was believed that a completely Nationalized farming system could work. Abundances of products produced with maximum efficiency for low prices. USDA/FDA would provide the needed oversight and be responsible to educate and inform the public. The state Land Grant universities would shift their efforts from local farming systems to supporting the ever expanding national system.
Once the full commitment was set by mid-century, those farmers along with what was left of the infrastructure that had been part of the local farming system were warned that unless they shifted to the national system they would become extinct. US Secretaries of Agriculture used statements such as "Get Big or Get Out!" and "Adapt or Die". At that point there were no longer any managed state wide local farming systems.