Though there are many challenges facing extension economists, there are significant opportunities to serve rural America and fully participate in our profession. National studies have reconfirmed extension as an integral part of our land grant mission, and a survey of chairs of departments of agricultural and resource economics shows that 87% indicate that there is increased or constant pressure by the public for programming by extension economists. Retirement estimates provided by chairs suggest it is likely that at least one-half of new faculty hired over the next five years will have extension appointments. Perhaps most importantly, there are critical societal issues to which extension economists can make valuable contributions.


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