Producing Poverty: Assessing the Impact of Federal Policy and Farm Bill Programs on Rural Communities
In the 2017 U.S. Agricultural Policy Practicum at American University, rather than work on several separate individual or small group projects as past practicum classes had done, the students and Professor Graddy-Lovelace opted for a more collaborative approach of producing only two larger group reports . These reports were mostly worked on separately by two different teams but were also tied together through a shared focus on how U.S. policy has favored certain groups within the food system and a certain type of agriculture to the detriment of the majority of U.S. farms and farmers—especially those farms and farmers that do not fit the mold of large-scale industrial agriculture headed by white males.
This first report analyzes political economic and socio-political aspects of U.S. agricultural policy and is supported with field work conducted with community partners in Iowa, Oklahoma and Washington, D.C. Topics covered are trade, farm safety net programs (crop insurance and others), race in agriculture and black land loss, the U.S. rural crisis, and food sovereignty.