Farmers, Fairness & the Farm Bill

where issues of producers, policy and equity converge

A Collaborative Research Project with Rural Coalition, National Family Farm Coalition & American University's School of International Service (Washington, DC)


Garrett Graddy-Lovelace, Assistant professor, aMERICAN UNIVERSITy, SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL SERVICE

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Prof. Graddy researches global environmental and agricultural policy and politics. A broadly trained cultural geographer and political ecologist, she is currently writing a book on agricultural biodiversity conservation methods and the epistemologies therein. The book braids: fieldwork in the Peruvian Andes and Appalachian US; international seed and agricultural policy analysis; and social and political theory, namely: postdevelopment studies, (de)colonial theory, and political economy. She has recently published two articles exploring the political and ecological implications of the regeneration of ‘traditional’ or place-based agricultural knowledges in an era of climate change (in Agriculture & Human Values and Antipode). Her research contextualizes grassroots agrarian initiatives (in Peru, Cuba, US, and Mexico) in historical legacies of land tenure, labor, and gender/race dynamics. Meanwhile, she is conducting original research on the World Bank & FAO's International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science & Technology for Development. She is also engaged in ongoing participatory research and teaching on international effects of the US Farm Bill and on the geopolitical potential of Cuban agroecology movements. Dr. Graddy-Lovelace holds degrees from: University of Kentucky, Doctorate of Philosophy, Geography; Harvard Divinity School, Master of Theological Studies; Yale University, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude


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Adam Diamond holds a PhD in geography from Rutgers University. His research and teaching interests revolve around the intersection of food systems, sustainability, and political economy. Prior to coming to SIS, he worked for the United States Department of Agriculture, where he conducted applied research on local food system development as a strategy for enhancing small and mid-sized farm viability. This work included examination of the finances and operations of food value chains and geospatial analysis of farmers market patronage and supply zones. He also has served as an adjunct instructor in geography at George Washington University and worked as a political organizer for the Sierra Club. Dr. Diamond’s dissertation was on the structure and development of the organic milk commodity chain in the Northeast United States. He has worked as a consultant for the Wallace Center at Winrock International, CICERO- Center for International Climate and Environmental Research-Oslo, Keystone Research Center, U.S. Treasury Department, and Heifer International. Dr. Diamond holds the following degrees: PhD, geography, Rutgers University, M.A., urban planning, UCLA, B.A., political science, Reed College.

Community partnered action research on and for U.S. agricultural policy