US Farm Bill 2012 Symposium- Steering Committee Invitation

Dear graduate/undergraduate SIS (& SPA!) students interested in food & agriculture policy and politics:

As you know the omnibus, multi-billion dollar piece of legislation governing our nation’s policies regarding:

  • agriculture
  • food aid & trade
  • school lunch programs
  • soil conservation
  • food security & anti-hunger initiatives
  • ag subsidies & crop insurance
  • support for sustainable farming
  • public health & nutrition
  • rural communities
  • urban agriculture
  • and many more related issues…

is up for revision this year in the much-anticipated US FARM BILL 2012!

If you would like to participate in the planning and actualizing of an American University School of International Service (& School of Public Affairs?) symposium early next fall entitled *US Farm Bill 2012: Policy & Potential* please consider joining the Symposium Steering Committee for this event. We are inviting congressional co-sponsors of Farm Bill reforms to serve as roundtable panelists and keynote speakers, as well as Secretaries of Agriculture, and renown scholars of agri-food policies (such as Dan Imhoff, author of book series Food Fight: The Citizen’s Guide to the Farm Bill; CAFO: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories; and Farming with the Wild: Enhancing Biodiversity on Farms and Ranches and Melanie Dupuis, co-author of (2011) Alternative Food Politics). We also plan to include US Feed the Future representatives, AU professors and alums with expertise on the matter, as well as leaders of influential food & agriculture NGOs and think-tanks (Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy, International Food Policy Research Institute, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Environmental Working Group–among others).

The day-long symposium would include a Sustainable Lunch with food provided directly by local growers (as much organic, local, freshly harvested etc as possible). This would be served during a Grower Presentation Panel, wherein the chief agricultural providers of the meal each give a brief introduction to their farm (with pictures and maps) and explain their own experiences with the US Farm Bill policies.

Other initial ideas for the event include a US Farm Bill 101 Teach-In w/ Freshly Baked Pies the night before the symposium–as well as a Reception & Concert in the AU Community Garden to conclude the event.

That said, this event is still being formulated, so we would welcome input and collaboration from students interested in joining us on the Steering Committee. Moreover, this would be a fine opportunity to make connections with the many agri-food policy leaders in the DC area.

We shall be meeting next Monday, February 13th, 2:45-3:45pm in SIS 300. Join us and spread the word!

Thank you and please email me with any questions or suggestions,

T. Garrett Graddy, PhD Assistant Professor
Global Environmental Politics
School of International Service, SIS 306
American University

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