Donald A. Holt and J. Bruce Bullock
University of Illinois & University of Missouri

Increased collaboration between private firms and State Agricultural Experiment Stations (SAES) raises fears that the independence, objectivity, and credibility of SAES and their scientists may be compromised. Likewise, there is concern that public funds provided to these institutions will be expended for private gain. This paper addresses the need for, and provides examples of, increased public/private collaboration and the policies and protocols used to avoid problems.

Key words: Agriculture; collaboration; industry; intellectual property; public-private relationships; Land Grant universities.