Presentation at the end of the Spring 2018 Farm Bill class.

Farm Bill Seminar

In Spring 2018, BFI offered an interdisciplinary graduate seminar on the Farm Bill. This seminar brought experts on the Farm Bill to campus with the goals of understanding the general framework of this important legislation and identifying areas of particular interest for further study. Students critically analyzed the Farm Bill’s history, structure and implementation and contributed to real-time discussions of the bill through mini-projects that focused on critical issues, and built skills in policy analysis, debate, communications, and coalition-building.

Class Syllabus: ESPM 226, Spring 2018


The following publications resulted from student work in the class.

Policy Briefs


Selected student presentations on marker bills, Farm Bill proposals, and members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees.

Cover of Crop Insurance and Biodiversity Student Presentation

Commodity Program Improvement Act of 2017 Student Presentation

Organic Farmer Consumer Protection Act

CAFOs and the Farm Bill presentation