This article reviews the steps taken at the University of Missouri in dealing with a very controversial study on dairy compacts. More and more, Extension is being asked to conduct applied economic studies on controversial public policy issues. However, care must be taken to conduct these studies in an objective and scholarly manner without unnecessarily alienating affected stakeholders. Academic freedom and integrity must be maintained, and faculty cannot allow themselves to be placed in a position to be influenced by affected stakeholders. At the same time, Extension cannot operate effectively without these important stakeholders. This study outlines an acceptable balance.
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Bailey, K. W. (2002). The Role of Extension in Controversial Studies: The Case of Interstate Dairy Compacts. The Journal of Extension, 40(1), Article 3. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol40/iss1/3