A Prairie Home Revival

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BRIANNA FARBER
University of South Carolina
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PechaKucha—This presentation explores the struggle of natural resource conservation within Iowa industrial agriculture through the issue of water quality. I discuss the politics of scientific information, specifically how different powerful players use science to achieve their goals. Science can both reveal and obscure the history of Iowa’s landscape, and history holds the key to understanding water quality problems. Finally, I describe what people are trying to do to bring industrial agriculture and prairie together to create a better system.

Keywords: Natural resource management, political ecology, agriculture

Brianna Farber is a doctoral candidate at the University of South Carolina finishing 14 months of fieldwork in Iowa. Her research interests include human-environment interactions, as well as the role of social science in collaborating with and informing natural science and technology.

2016 Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference Proceedings, p. 539, ISSN 1559-8918,
https://www.epicpeople.org

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