Ag Spectrum partners with a multitude of independent researchers across the nation who have a variety of specialties. For the past 30 years, advancements to the Maximum Farming System have been implemented based on research conducted by the collaboration of these scientists.
“Ag Spectrum is different, and takes a unique approach to their investment in research. As a company, they are more interested in advancing basic science, than they are about testing and proving the validity of their products,” says Dr. Patrick Brown, Professor of Plant Sciences at the University of California Davis.
“Typically funders come to us [researchers in general] with a jug and a hat and ask us to test their products. If we’re lucky, they will also provide a small amount of funding that can help to support our research,” shared Dr. Brown.
The majority of the industry has shifted to this mindset because it allows companies’ technology to be tested by an “unbiased” third party. For researchers to make real discoveries and progress in understanding basic biology, however, they must find their own funding to support basic research, which is increasingly difficult due to continued decreases in public funding.
That’s why Ag Spectrum believes in advancing basic science to gain a deeper knowledge of how and why plants perform and develop. We are heavily invested in research that leads to greater understandings that will benefit the entire agricultural community.