Penn State: Land-Grant Programs Help Keep Farmers on the Farm

Penn State  teamed up with Texas A&M – Galveston to measure the impact of the land-grant system over past decades. They found that cooperative extension programs have helped over 137,000 farmers stay in business since the 1980’s.

The cooperative extension program started in 1914 with the Smith-Lever Act, and has had a profound impact as a job creator, according to the researchers. “Compared to the costs of other job creation programs, cooperative extension is a remarkably good investment,” said Stephan Goetz of Penn’s College of Agricultural Sciences. “Over our 26-year sample, this federal spending amounted to only $265 per farmer per year, while agricultural research spending added another $140.”

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