A scientist named Kevin Folta at the University of Florida has been one of a broader group of public researchers who have come under hostile, Freedom Of Information Act scrutiny with the goal of demonstrating “ties to industry.” The implication is that any connection, particularly any financial connection, between academics and for-profit businesses is inappropriate. Not only are the tactics of this effort reprehensible, the entire premise is wrong. I would like to explain why Folta has been doing exactly the sort of job he was hired to do and that even much more significant public/private cooperation is completely aligned with the mission of ag schools.
|A map showing the locations of Land Grant Institutions|
|Our week in Kauai culminated in an emotionally |
charged hearing of the County Council attended by
5000 people out of a population of 55,000