The discussion in this paper is focused on assessing the future of Extension, and in particular the tenure-track agricultural extension economist. Presented here is a case-study of trends within the University of Missouri Outreach and Extension system, relationship of Extension to the business cycle, and quantitative analysis of factors contributing to per capita state-level Extension funding. The suggestions from this research are obvious. In order to succeed in Extension one will have to become innovative and focus on enhancing social capital as opposed to building a well defined professional-focused research program, if only planning to rely on internal funding.


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