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Conference Name Testing Agricultural Performance Solutions (UNL-TAPS) a tool to enhance land grant research and extension programs: Aligning Ag Producers, Industry, Government, University Research, Extension and Educational Programs

Matt Stockton

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Producer knowledge and competency have evolved much since the turn of the century. The early part of the century saw a large disparity between producer capability and scientific understanding. Unlike many producers of today which are quite sophisticated and use a myriad of technologies and techniques to maintain relatively large operations. The ever increasing flood of emerging technologies and methods often leaves producers more confused and uncertain about which to consider and adopt, thus introducing added uncertainty. While it is true that many of these technologies may reduce risks, the process of their adoption is inherently risky. Traditionally land grant universities have helped with these concerns. But the fast rate of change has caused this system to falter in the timeliness of its deliverables. In addition to this concern university scientist often use obsolete technology to perform experiments. To some this cast a shadow on that work’s result and potentially limits experimental design. This presentation shows how the University of Nebraska Lincoln TAPS program effectively addresses these challenges. UNL-TAPS is cross disciplinarily designed to increase producer engagement, build industry support and increase the Universities capability to do timely relevant research and have an effective extension program. TAPS applies the same principles that has historically driven innovation and progress. Taps creates an environment for producers, manufactures, regulatory entities and universities to engage, demonstrate, test and investigate new and emerging technologies in a competitive environment that is scientifically controlled with minimal risks.

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