We will survey the development of U.S. agricultural policy in the context of historical attempts to meet the needs of the nation. Agriculture is an important component of local and national economies. Population, politics and innovation create prosperity, over-production, poverty and damage to natural resources. Public policy was important in forming and transforming the nation’s natural and human resources into a highly productive machine. The governing “Farm Bill” will be considered for renewal in early 2018, making this course very relevant.
James Wade (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a retired university professor and administrator. He holds a doctorate from Iowa State University in agricultural and natural resource economics. James was director of the Center for Agricultural and Natural Resource Policy at the University of Maryland.