Interview with Denny Caneff on 8/17/15 discussing contributions and involvement with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and its predicessor organizations.
Type of Resource
Sustainable Agriculture policy development
Brief Biographical Summary - Denny Caneff encountered the controversy around the early sustainable agriculture movement in the mid 1980s in graduate school in Wisconsin. His thesis looked at “technology resistance” among dairy farmers refusing to use purchased inputs, a precursor to organic farming. An academic advisor dismissed sustainable agriculture (and his thesis) as “conceptually fuzzy.” From 1988 to 1995, he was executive director of a sustainable agriculture/family farm advocacy organization in Wisconsin, where he joined other sustainable agriculture and family farm advocacy groups around the Midwest to challenge land grant university research agendas and to advocate for a land- and farmer-friendlier federal Farm Bill. Denny has worked in the realm of land and water conservation for nearly 30 years.
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Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA); St. Paul, Minnesota 2016