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  • I am a sociologist with a research emphasis on alternative agriculture and food system development. My recent work is focused on identifying strategies for balancing the use of conservation farming practices with the economic viability of farming as a way of life. I’ve studied farmers’ participation in new market models such as values-based supply chains and programs designed to increase the environmental sustainability of agriculture. My work also examines regulatory policy and new science and technology in the food system.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2019 Farm entry and persistence: Three pathways into alternative agriculture in southern OhioJournal of Rural Studies.  69:30-40. 2019
    2019 Farmers’ Perspectives on Challenges and Opportunities Associated with Using High Tunnels for Specialty CropsHortTechnology.  29:290-299. 2019
    2018 U.S. non-governmental organizations’ cross-sectoral entrepreneurial strategies in energy efficiencyRegional Environmental Change.  18:1309-1321. 2018
    2017 Frankenfish or Fish to Feed the World? Scientism and Biotechnology Regulatory PolicyRural Sociology.  82:628-663. 2017
    2017 Family as a catalyst in farms' diversifying agricultural products: A mixed methods analysis of diversified and non-diversified farms in Indiana, Michigan and OhioJournal of Rural Studies.  55:303-315. 2017
    2017 Labor and alternative food networks: challenges for farmers and consumersAmerican Journal of Alternative Agriculture Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems.  32:403-416. 2017
    2017 Assessing the Impact of the EQIP High Tunnel InitiativeJournal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development.  7:1-22. 2017
    2016 The Legacy of Agrarian Reform in Latin America: Foundations of the Fair Trade Cooperative SystemGeography Compass.  10:485-498. 2016
    2015 Friend or foe? Why US energy efficiency nonprofits collaborate with business and governmentEnvironmental Sociology.  1:48-58. 2015
    Using high tunnels to extend the growing season and improve crop quality and yield: assessing outcomes for organic and conventional growers in the U.S. MidwestInternational Journal of Agricultural Management

    Teaching Activities

  • Food Systems Taught course 2020
  • Food Systems Taught course 2020
  • Education And Training

  • Ph.D., Rutgers
  • Full Name

  • Analena Bruce
  • Mailing Address

  • University of New Hampshire

    Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems

    129 Main Street

    Durham, NH  03824

    United States