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The Farm Bill

A Citizen's Guide

Authors: Imhoff, Daniel, Badaracoo, Christina

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  • An accessible, readable guide to the Farm Bill, one of America’s most important pieces of legislation
  • Provides dozens of charts, illustrations, and photographs that convey key information at a glance
  • Offers insights into the key debates that will shape the next farm bill
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About this book

The farm bill is one of the most important pieces of legislation the American president signs. Negotiated every five to seven years, it has tremendous implications for food production, nutrition assistance, habitat conservation, international trade, and much more. Yet at nearly 1,000 pages, it is difficult to understand for policymakers, let alone citizens. In this primer, Dan Imhoff and Christina Badaracco translate all the “legalese" and political jargon into an accessible, graphics-rich 200 pages.

Readers will learn the basic elements of the bill, its origins and history, and perhaps most importantly, the battles that will determine the direction of food policy in the coming years. The authors trace how the legislation has evolved, from its first incarnation during the Great Depression, to today, when America has become the world’s leading agricultural powerhouse. They explain the three main components of the bill—farm subsidies, food stamps or SNAP, and conservation programs—as well as how crucial public policies are changing.
With a new farm bill just signed into law, we all need to understand the implications of food policy. What’s the impact of crop insurance? How does SNAP actually work? What would it take to create a healthier, more sustainable food system? These are questions that affect not only farmers, but everyone who eats. If you care about the answers, The Farm Bill is your guide. 

About the authors

Dan Imhoff is an author, musician, and artisan food producer who has written for 25 years on topics related to ecological sustainability. He has written numerous articles, essays, and books including Food Fight: The Citizen’s Guide to the Next Food and Farm BillPaper or Plastic: Searching for Solutions to an Overpackaged WorldFarming with the Wild: Enhancing Biodiversity on Farms and Ranches; and Building with Vision: Optimizing and Finding Alternatives to Wood. He served as the editor of CAFO: The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories and co-editor with Jo Ann Baumgartner on Farming and the Fate of Wild Nature.
Dan lectures regularly on a variety of topics, and has appeared on hundreds of national and regional radio and television programs, including Food Forward, Bag It, CBS Sunday Morning, Science Friday, and Living on Earth. His essays and excerpts have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, and Atlantic Monthly (online).
Dan is the president and co-founder of Watershed Media as well as president and a co-founder of the Wild Farm Alliance, a national organization that works to promote agriculture systems that support and accommodate wild nature.

Between 1990 and 1995, Dan worked at Esprit International, where he was communications director for a team at the forefront of environmental product design. He received a B.A. in International Relations from Allegheny College and an M.A. in International Affairs from the Maxwell School of Public Affairs at Syracuse University.


Christina Badaracco is a registered dietitian pursuing a career in nutrition to improve access to healthy and sustainable food and educate Americans about the connections between food and health. She is also particularly interested in researching the connections between diet, genetics, and health.

Christina has done clinical nutrition research at the National Institutes of Health, menu planning and nutrition education at the Oakland Unified School District, and communications at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water. She has also enjoyed contributing to children’s gardens, farmers’ markets, and a number of organic farms. She contributes monthly articles about nutrition to Soulful Insights and has consulted on two cookbooks for the TransAmerica Center for Health Studies. She also has experience testing and evaluating recipes and nutritional analyses for food delivery and meal kit companies. She loves to experiment with healthy recipes in the kitchen and share her creations to inspire others to cook.

Christina completed her dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital. She earned her Master of Public Health degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University, after conducting her thesis on sustainable agriculture and energy in Kenya. She also received a certificate in Italian Language and Culture.

Table of contents (26 chapters)

Table of contents (26 chapters)
  • What Is the Farm Bill?

    Pages 3-6

    Imhoff, Daniel (et al.)

  • Why Does the Farm Bill Matter?

    Pages 7-10

    Imhoff, Daniel (et al.)

  • Who Benefits from the Farm Bill?

    Pages 11-17

    Imhoff, Daniel (et al.)

  • How Does the Farm Bill Work?

    Pages 19-23

    Imhoff, Daniel (et al.)

  • Origins of the Farm Bill

    Pages 26-32

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Buy this book

eBook $24.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-61091-975-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Farm Bill
Book Subtitle
A Citizen's Guide
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Island Press/Center for Resource Economics
Copyright Holder
Daniel Imhoff
eBook ISBN
978-1-61091-975-3
DOI
10.5822/978-1-61091-975-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 258
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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