2017 Annual Meeting
Hyatt Regency Columbus
350 North High St.
Columbus Ohio, United States
Thursday, July 27, 2017 8:00 AM CST to Sunday, July 30, 2017
Theme: Rural Peoples in a Volatile World: Disruptive Agents and Adaptive Strategies
The 2017 meeting will focus on the ways in which rural peoples cope with a wide range of disruptive events. They could be economic downturns, severe storms and droughts (e.g. climate change), the arrival of outside investors, or wars. Clearly, the strategies for coping vary by class and other related disadvantages, making some people much more vulnerable to the deliberate machinations of elites as well as to the almost random turns of events like storms and droughts.
Embedded within this larger theme would be several subthemes. One would be continuing this year’s focus on class and examine the special challenges facing disadvantaged rural peoples in these moments of change. Another might look at the special politics of change during these crises and the ways that they affect rural peoples.
Shoshanah Inwood, University of Vermont was recently interviewed for NPR's "the salt" about the importance of access to health insurance to farmers. Kathleen Masterson of Vermont Public Radio writes "There are many challenges to farming for a living: It's often grueling work that relies on unpredictable factors such as weather and global market prices. But one aspect that's often ignored is the cost of health care. Inwood has found in her work that most farmers cite health care costs as a top concern. Read the entire transcript here.