Planting the seeds of research : how America's ultimate investment transformed agriculture / Louis A. Ferleger.

Ferleger, Lou [Browse]
  • London, UK ; New York, NY, USA : Anthem Press, an imprint of Wimbledon Publishing Company, 2020.
  • ©2020
xii, 112 pages ; 24 cm


Summary note
"'Planting the Seeds of Research' explores why by the beginnings of the twentieth century the United States dominated agricultural production worldwide. The thesis is that the ultimate investments made by the United States Department of Agriculture and state governments created the research structure that made American agriculture spectacularly successful. The social commitment, by business, government, and farmers built the productive capabilities that generated sustainable prosperity in American agriculture. The ultimate investment in agriculture enabled Americans over time to spend less of their disposable income on food and more on other goods and services, and compete in international agricultural markets"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (pages 103-108) and index.
  • Introduction: The anatomy of the ultimate investment
  • Uplifting American agriculture: experiment station scientists and the Office of Experiment Stations in the early years after the Hatch Act;
  • Higher education for an innovative economy: land-grant colleges and the managerial revolution in America
  • Arming agriculture: how the USDA's top managers promoted agricultural development
  • Transatlantic travails: German experiment stations and the transformation of American agriculture
  • European agricultural development and institutional change: German experiment stations, 1870-1920
  • The managerial revolution and the developmental state: the case of US agriculture.
  • 9781785272653
  • 9781785272622 ((Hbk))
  • 1785272624 ((Hbk))
  • 1785272659 ((Pbk))
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