REAP research by faculty and graduate students focuses on three themes:
agricultural and business competitiveness, rural and community development,
and natural resources and environment. These themes overlap in many
instances. Therefore, the focus of REAP research takes place at the
intersection of these three areas. For example, some agricultural
businesses are affected by environmental protection programs; consequently,
our research addresses both the profitability and environmental issues.
The goal of this research is to provide decision makers with information
to help in strategic planning at all levels—local, regional,
and state. Research findings are made available to the public and
private sectors through educational programs, conferences, and publications.