Apr 24, 2019  
2018-2019 Bulletin 
  
2018-2019 Bulletin
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AGEC 0550 - The Socio-Economic Foundations of Us Agriculture and Rural Communities


Credits: 3
Semester: 2nd Semester.
Lecture: 3
While farming accounts for less than 2% of the US population, agriculture affects a wider population including, support and supply industries, processors and retailers, as well as the communities where farmers live and their families work, shop, go to school, and so on. The overall objective of this course is to introduce the student to agriculture in the widest sense and to the surrounding rural community as a system within a series of inter-related sub- systems: socio-cultural, technological, political and economic. These sub-systems, in turn, act as theoretical perspectives that enable us to focus on key elements of agriculture and community in terms of change, development and inequality, including: 1. The structure of agriculture and resource allocation, land and the environment; 2. Technology adoption and scientific innovations; 3. Agricultural institutions including the USDA and federal legislation, public education and the land grant system, and private industry and corporate research; and 4. The impact of agriculture on minority communities and producers.



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