Course Details

944: A Look at Agriculture in the US and Internationally

February 7-10
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

The impression that many of us non-farmers have about agriculture are not very well informed, often flavored by complaints about industrial farming. We will look at the characteristics of the US farming community, farm ownership, and farming practices from organic to use of hormones to genetically engineered crops. We will look at the USDA programs that support agriculture. We’ll examine conservation practices farmers may use and agricultural imports and exports. On the international side, we will look at internationally-sponsored agricultural research centers, and the organizations that recommend food-safety standards for countries to adopt.

Class Type: Lecture and Discussion

Class Format: Online

Hours of Reading: No reading

Study Group Leader(s):

Kenneth Hinga

Kenneth R. Hinga retired after ten years at USDA Foreign Agricultural Service and US FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. He was a science advisor for both agencies, participating primarily in agricultural trade issues. Prior to federal service, he was a research oceanographer and assistant dean at University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography.