Ohio State ATI

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Wooster, Ohio

AGCOMM 2367 Agricultural Issues in Contemporary Society

Ramsier AU 2016

1. American agriculture depends on a foreign-born labor force.  How would you draft a national immigration policy?

Keywords:  foreign-born labor force        immigrant labor

                   immigration policy                migrant labor

                   agricultural workers             guestworkers

 Helpful websites:  Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/spotlight/2013/foreign-born/

                              USDA:  http://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/in-the-news/immigration-and-the-rural-workforce.aspx

                              Farmworker Justice:  https://www.farmworkerjustice.org/content/about-farmworker-justice-home

   Databases:  Opposing Viewpoints in Context:  http://library.ohio-state.edu/record=e1001274~S7

                        Ebsco databases:  http://library.ohio-state.edu/record=e1000149~S7

2. Should we draft policy to protect livestock producers from false accusations regarding animal welfare? What could it look like?

      Keywords:  animal welfare

                         livestock welfare

                        livestock policy

Helpful websites:  USDA Animal Welfare Information Center https://www.nal.usda.gov/awic

                             The National Agricultural Law Center:  http://nationalaglawcenter.org/research-by-topic/animal-welfare/

Databases:  The Animal Health and Production Compendium:  http://www.cabi.org/ahpc/

                     Food Science and Technology Abstracts:  http://library.ohio-state.edu/record=e1000184~S7

3. How do we balance agriculture's water needs with maintaining vibrant communities? How do historical water rights influence this discussion.

Keywords:  water rights                      water stewardship

                   water conservation          water management

Helpful websites: United States Geological Survey: http://water.usgs.gov/watuse/

                            United States Environmental Protection Agency https://www3.epa.gov/watersense/index.html

Databases: Environment complete: http://library.ohio-state.edu/record=e1000638~S7

                   Enviromental Sciences and Pollution Management: http://library.ohio-state.edu/record=e1000174~S7

4. How do we get the public to support right-to-farm laws? Should these laws be determined on the state or federal level?

Keywords:  right-to-farm                 

                  farming protections

Helpful websites:  The National Agricultural Law Center

Helpful databases:  Ebsco databases

5. Today's food companies employ many tactics to gain a marketing edge.  What is the purpose of food labels? How can agriculture agencies work to ensure that consumers understand the labels and have confidence in the safety and quality of their food?

Keywords:  food labeling (labelling is the British spelling)

Helpful websites:  National Agriculture Library: https://fnic.nal.usda.gov/food-labeling




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