Submitted to: Agronomy Abstracts
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/26/1996
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Public concerns over issues such as air and water quality, endangered species, biodiversity, agricultural chemicals use, and recreation have resulted in increasing conflicts over land use. Because agriculture is the dominant land use in many areas, the conflicts are increasingly impacting agriculture. Agricultural research stations have a role to play in bringing together opposing factions and working toward solutions to controversies. In many cases the research stations can increase their support-base through interactions with non-traditional clientele (e.g., environmental groups, urban public, etc.). Agricultural producers (our traditional clientele) are very supportive of such efforts. A portion of our research program is focused specifically on controversial issues that are of interest to a wide segment of society. To effectively participate in conflict resolution, scientists should have an understanding of meeting facilitation, human values, and environmental ethics. Participation in conflict resolution should be a carefully considered management decision on the part of the research staff.