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The Changing Expectations of Agriculture: Farmers and Consumers Juggling Qualities and Quantities

Have you eaten today? If so, to quote poet and farmer Wendell Berry, you have committed an 'agricultural act'. The landscape and structures of agriculture and the food system are shifting. Farmers and eaters are juggling the quantities of food produced and consumed but are also juggling evolving expectations on the qualities of agricultural production practices and the crops produced. This presentation examines the emerging structural changes in agriculture and the food system and identifies the social, economic, and ecological relationships that impact our land, our communities, and our bodies.

Sarah Lloyd is the Special Projects Coordinator for the Wisconsin Farmers Union and the Director of Development for the Wisconsin Food Hub Cooperative. In addition to her off-farm work, Sarah helps her husband Nels Nelson on the Nelson family dairy farm outside Wisconsin Dells, WI. Sarah represents the dairy farmers of Wisconsin on the National Dairy Board. Sarah has a PhD in Rural Sociology from the UW-Madison and teaches the Rural Social and Economic Issues course in the UW Farm Industry Short Course. Sarah Lloyd also serves on the Wormfarm Institute Board, an organization working at the intersection of the arts and agriculture.

This event is open to the public free of charge and is being held at Beam Classroom, Kresge Visual Arts Center, Bowdoin College. Please view Bowdoin College's event listing here.