Farm Foundation® Call for Papers on Intersection of Ag Policy, Economics, and Diverse Farms and Farmers

The understanding about issues surrounding equity and inclusion in agricultural programs is currently limited. To help close this knowledge gap, the USDA Economic Research Service and Farm Foundation, an accelerator of practical solutions for agriculture, are issuing a call for papers to be submitted for consideration for the Agricultural Policy, Economics, and Diverse Farms and Farmers virtual conference taking place on March 5-6, 2024.

There is a critical need to better understand how the diversity of both farms and operators interact to affect engagement with and outcomes from agricultural policy. This includes how different farmer characteristics interact with agricultural policy to shape producer enrollment and participation in government programs, the allocation of resources for producer support, program access and eligibility, as well as evaluation and reform.

Through a mix of panel discussions and paper presentations, the goal the  Agricultural Policy, Economics, and Diverse Farms and Farmers virtual conference is to: 

  • Expand on the existing knowledge base of how diversity in U.S. agriculture, both of farmers and farm operations, interacts with agricultural policy
  • Initiate discussion on farmer equity and inclusion in U.S. agricultural policy
  • To better understand data available to explore these linkages, as well as identify data gaps
  • Foster networks of researchers, policymakers, and industry professionals working on these issues

Call for Abstracts
Farm Foundation seeks submissions of research papers at the intersection of agricultural policy, economics, and the diverse characteristics of U.S. farms and farmers. In particular, we encourage submissions of papers taking an empirical approach to these issues.
The papers can be based on new research or can revisit previously analyzed data with a new focus on the themes of this conference. Submissions from researchers and students from minority-serving institutions are especially encouraged.

All abstracts should be limited to 350 words and must be submitted through the online application portal by January 25, 2024.  

The conference is being organized by USDA ERS and Farm Foundation.  

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