About

Farm contains the observations of Dr. Glen A. Halva-Neubauer, Dana Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, and those of his students who spend the month of May in Iowa investigating agriculture practices, policies, and politics. Halva-Neubauer grew up on a farm near Radcliffe, Iowa, a farming hamlet in Southwestern Hardin County.  During their time in Iowa, the Furman students live with farm families in the Radcliffe area.  The farm where HN and his siblings, Nancy Roberts and Denny Neubauer, grew up and Scott Neubauer (HN’s nephew), and his spouse, Becky, and son, Henry, currently reside, serves as the central gathering place for the students.  In designing the program, Halva-Neubauer is assisted by several family members including his brother, nephew, and longtime friends and Iowa agricultural luminaries, Dennis Friest and Annette Sweeney.  The course is designed to expose students to a wide variety of perspectives in production and sustainable agriculture.  The primary goal of the course is for students to leave with a greater sophistication about US food systems and the contentious politics surrounding agricultural policy in contemporary American politics.  The blogs contained within both serve as a guide to our time in Iowa and our take on a host of issues regarding US food and agricultural policy.