Risk research and public outreach: A tale of two cultures?

Roger A. Selley, Paul N. Wilson

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Agricultural economists have been challenged in recent years, by voices inside and outside the profession, to evaluate the integrity of the operational bridge between research and extension activities in the land grant system. This essay investigates links between the work of risk researchers and outreach programs. Survey results indicate that (a) a significant number of risk researchers are involved in extension activities; (b) extension economists are less frequently involved in risk research than their colleagues with no extension appointment; (c) full-time extension economists use less sophisticated risk tools in their outreach efforts than used in their research; and (d) all respondents, regardless of appointment, see a need for more applied risk analysis. Major challenges include a lack of financial support to close the data gap and to conduct relevant applied analysis. Also, the complexity of the problems and the analytical methods involved in risk analysis present a major communication challenge for outreach programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)222-232
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1997


  • Extension
  • Research
  • Risk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


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