In the past, researchers at the Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center (MCAREC) focused mainly on traditional production research. Currently, shrinking University budgets, competitiveness in a global economy, changes in technology, and legislative directives to enhance environmental stewardship are influencing the scope and direction of our research. The challenge is adhering to the mission of the University and College as well as addressing the needs of our traditional clientele. Successful research programs of the future not only will include basic research but also an emphasis on applied research with a multi-disciplinary approach. The result will be research that is important to our industry's success, addresses environmental issues, and accountable to the taxpayers and funding agencies.
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