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)

the social contract

Farming is a public good, and the relationship between farmer and non-farmer is, or should be, that of a social contract. Here we examine what that social contract looks like and the ways in which the farmer-non-farmer relationship reflects or fails to reflect it. The project is based on work from the Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI) and has inspired successive papers and the below blog.

framework paper

This 2017 ERPI paper,
“Emancipatory rural politics: confronting authoritarian populism” from the Journal of Peasant Studies, is the basis for our discussion of a social contract and shared responsibility between farmer and non-farmer.

conference paper

This paper by Dr. Garrett Graddy-Lovelace on farmer and non-farmer responsibility to each other and U.S. agricultural governance is from the ERPI 2018 International Conference on Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World.


The Agri-Culture Blog is a student-run blog analyzing tensions of the U.S. farmer-non-farmer relationship including the culture of food and agriculture, the social contract between farmer and non-farmer, and farming as a public good.

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