Describes the general model and current status of the Turkish agricultural information system and the roles of research and extension agencies. Concludes that, while Turkey has many agricultural and related organisations that have made considerable contributions to agricultural development within the country, there is no effective communication between the research and extension institutions. This has inhibited the generation and dissemination of new technologies to farmers. The private sector is not likely to be a major substitute for public sector research and extension for several decades. Makes recommendations for the improvement of the system. © 2004, Sage Publications. All rights reserved.