TERC Reseacher's Study Presented to Senate

January 24, 2007

TERC researcher Meaghan Donovan attended a presentation of her graduate study work to the US Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry last week. As part of her studies at Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and in partnership with the American Farmland Trust, Donovan analyzed the effectiveness of a federal program intended to encourage farmers to use "green" practices. The research team, working under Dr. Kathleen Merrigan, studied the experiences of New England farmers with the federal Conservation Security Program. Dr. Merrigan presented the team's report, entitled, "The Conservation Security Program: Rewards and Challenges for New England Farmers"to the Senate committee on January 17, 2007.

Donovan has put her expertise in agricultural and environmental policy and education to good use at TERC. As a curriculum developer with the "Biocomplexity and a Habitable Planet" project, she aims to create a curriculum that explores the complex relationships within natural systems, with consideration to human food systems as an integral part of those relationships.