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The Sun Grant Initiative is a new Act of Congress (Sec. 9011 of Title IX of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act) that reflects a new vision for the future in agriculture. The Sun Grant Initiative is driven by a national consortium of land grant universities, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Energy. The mission of the Sun Grant Initiative is to 1) enhance national energy security through development, distribution, and implementation of biobased energy technologies; 2) promote diversification and environmental sustainability of America's agriculture through land-grant based research, extension, and education programs in renewable energy and biobased products; and 3) promote opportunities for biobased economic diversification in rural communities. Bioenergy produced on American farms represents an opportunity to both reduce dependence on imported oil and provide a significant source of income to American farmers.

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central government passed the Agricultural Technology Extension Act in 1953 (similar to the Smith–Lever Act of 1914 in the United States) to establish an agricultural extension system and form a network centered around technical information providers

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technologies for agricultural extension in developing countries Agr. Econ. 42 631 647 Albrijo, G. 1993 Horticultural consulting: A national and international perspective HortScience 28 503 (abstr.) Anderson, J.R. 2007 Agricultural advisory services. Work Bank

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eOrganic is the organic agriculture CoP and resource area for the national web-based extension community of land-grant university content providers, eXtension. eOrganic was initiated as a CoP in 2007 (the first eXtension CoPs were initiated in 2006

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agriculture, the role of agricultural service companies and consultants in facilitating access, and benefits derived from the technology. We expect such information will be useful to researchers and extension educators because it will allow them to more

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technologies that are disseminated through localized, agricultural social systems. In addition, extension both reacts to and produces trialability and observability within the social system. Social systems are composed of individuals, informal groups, and

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an entire career. For those who work in horticultural science research in the public sector, traditionally our technology has been shared freely with the public, mainly because of our publicly funded history of the Morrill Act passed by the U

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agricultural and environmental sciences at the land-grant universities. This results in loss of graduate students, multistate research projects, and extension, which rely on research-based information as well as teaching that incorporates current findings into

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The use of Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology for research and commercial horticulture has undergone exponential growth in the past decade. In 2007, the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) held a workshop on “LED Lighting for

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surface water quality is a national issue. Without an adequate understanding of the complex issues surrounding agricultural water use and reuse, scientists, policymakers, and extension specialists alike will not be able to address the multifaceted

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