The Practicum project 2014
Thank you to everyone who helped make this project come to life! First and foremost, we would like to thank Professors Garrett Graddy-Lovelace and Adam Diamond, who worked tirelessly to help us accomplish this body of work over the course of several years of this practicum experience. Thank you to our partners, Kathy Ozer of National Family Farm Coalition and Lorette Picciano and Tahirah Cook of Rural Coalition, who work so hard to make sure every voice is heard during the political process that is the Farm Bill.
Thank you to everyone who generously donated their time to be interviewed: Erin and Justin Harrison of Willowdale Farm, Andrea Cimino from Dupont Circle FRESHFARMS Market, Jason James from Everona Dairy, John Dizzazo from New Morning Farm, Molly Dunton, Sharon Dryfuss, Renee McKeon and Jim French from Oxfam America, Greta Anderson from Western Watersheds Project, James Melonas from the U.S. Forest Service, David Sanchez of the Northern New Mexico Stockmen's Association, John Fowler from the Range Improvement Task Force and Kip Kelley from Full Cellar Farm.
Additional thanks to Michael Kugelman of the Wilson Center for providing support on the topic of land grabbing, Matt Suitt and Stephen Hobaugh for composing original music for the shorts, Russell Matney for technical support and Hamza S. Khan for proving transportation. Thank you Steve Judge from American Micro-Dairies and Caroline Taylor from Montgomery Countryside Alliance for supporting and inspiring our research efforts. Many more thanks to Rio Arriba District Attorney Ted Trujillo, Jaime Chavez of the Rural Coalition and Hopi farmer Michael Kotutwa Johnson for sharing their knowledge and hosting our researchers during their time in the American Southwest.
Dairy farmers in the US and Canada have reason to be apprehensive about their futures. Over the last 50 years both countries have seen the dramatic restructuring of their respective dairy industries at all levels. In the past, dairying was an operation that depended heavily upon both human and animal labor. However, today, from cow to consumer, the dairy industry is fully-mechanized. In addition, in recent decades, international trade regimes have galvanized influence over domestic dairy markets. Supply management policies are receiving much wider attention today in response to the ebb and flow of global dairy production. This research outlines transformation regarding the US and Canadian dairy industries, with an emphasis on class, state/provincial, and (inter)national struggle.