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)

2017 Practicum TEam

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. 

Click here for Report #1 — Producing Poverty: Assessing the Impact of Federal Policy and Farm Bill Programs on Rural Communities

The 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: trade, farm safety net programs (crop insurance and others), race in agriculture and black land loss, the U.S. rural crisis, food sovereignty

Click here for Report #2 — The Ecological Cost of Discrimination: A Case Study of Rural Farmers in Oklahoma

The second report analyzes the Farm Bill's conservation and sustainable agriculture programs and uses  original research from Oklahoma as case study to exemplify how the legacy of discrimination against certain groups of farmers  not only makes those farmers more vulnerable to environmental risks, but also has ecological consequences that are relevant to all of rural Oklahoma. 

  • topics covered: climate change and agriculture, race in agriculture, agroecology


Community-Based Research Scholars deliverables

In spring of 2018, American University's CBRS class worked with DC Hunger Solutions to frame the problem of hunger with data. They completed research on different areas regarding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program( SNAP).

General Data Collection

This report examines data on the demographics of  SNAP participants. The report presents recommendations for the SNAP program in Washington D.C. to reach eligible citizens. 

SNAP Online Application

This report analyzes the accessibility and quality of the online application in numerous states. The report discusses the most effective way to present the application to participants across America. 

The Elderly Simplified Application (ESAP)

This report examines the ESAP in states that have adopted the application. This report discusses why and how this application should be implemented in Washington D.C. 

Standard Medical Deductions (SMD) 

This report analyzes the implementation and benefits of SMD for SNAP in different states. The report provides recommendations regarding how SMD can be utilized in Washington D.C. 




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