Degree Name

MA in Sustainable Development

First Advisor

Jeff Unsicker


The farm bill is an all-encompassing piece of legislation that is reauthorized approximately every five years and establishes federal policy for everything from farm subsidies and crop insurance to energy, conservation, food stamps and school lunches. The current law expires at the end of September 2012. Reauthorization of the farm bill represents the single largest opportunity to reform the policies that shape food systems in the United States. The Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) is campaigning to improve access to healthy food by increasing links with family farmers and to strengthen local and regional food systems. This case study traces CFSC’s 2012 Farm Bill campaign from its inception to late April 2012, when the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry released its version of the 2012 Farm Bill – The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 (ARFJA). It investigates and evaluates CFSC’s policy advocacy work and provides a detailed examination of the context and impact of the Farm Bill.


Civic and Community Engagement | Food and Drug Law | Growth and Development | Inequality and Stratification | Natural Resources Management and Policy | Other Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation | Policy History, Theory, and Methods | Politics and Social Change