awarded $9.6 million in grants for research, training, and education to implement HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) and other food safety advancements, of which $1.35 million was targeted specifically to assist small meat-processing plants and small farmers (USDA, 1999d). Nevertheless, the committee argues that funding for such programs is still extremely low relative to that devoted to production agriculture research.

Recommendation 9

The public sector should continue to experiment with research approaches—including multifunctional partnerships that link research and extension, partnerships that link the public sector with the private and nonprofit sectors, multi-state cooperation, and multidisciplinary collaboration—as instruments for serving small farms, minority farmers, and other underserved producers. The public sector should evaluate the potential and effectiveness of these research approaches to serve these constituents.



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