Mary Hendrickson

Mary Hendrickson
University of Missouri | Mizzou · Division of Applied Social Sciences

PhD, Rural Sociology

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September 2019 - present
University of Missouri
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
October 2012 - August 2019
University of Missouri
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
July 1997 - September 2012
University of Missouri Extension
Position
  • Associate Extension Professor
Description
  • I served as a state extension specialist in local foods and sustainable agriculture for 15 years.
Education
December 1993 - December 1997
University of Missouri
Field of study
  • Rural Sociology
September 1991 - May 1994
University of Missouri
Field of study
  • Rural Sociology
August 1984 - May 1989
University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Field of study
  • Agribusiness, Agriculural Honors

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Publications (57)
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Agroforestry, with its wide range of economic, ecological, and social benefits, provides a sustainable alternative to contemporary agriculture linked today to many environmental and social problems. However, on-the-ground adoption and dissemination of U.S. agroforestry remains limited despite advances in research on its application, benefits, and p...
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Rates of adoption of temperate-region agroforestry remain low, despite multiple benefits. To develop a deeper understanding of the relationship between agroforestry learning and adoption, it is necessary to examine agroforestry educational programming in context. This study represents the first follow-up effort with past participants in the Agrofor...
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This pedagogical piece reports on the successes and challenges of developing and teaching an undergraduate “critical food literacy„ course in a land-grant university’s college of agriculture. The United States agricultural industry is built upon a foundation of stolen land and stolen labor, and depends to this day on the labor of marginalized popul...
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In this report, we continue our tradition of examining current levels of consolidation in the food system. We argue that consolidation results in a particular set of power relationships that have numerous negative impacts on farmers, workers and their communities as well as consumers, who have experienced higher prices and less innovation. These po...
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Local food systems are frequently endorsed as an economic development strategy by local economic development practitioners serving rural communities and regions. However, from the limited data available, local food systems are more apparent and more fully developed in urban or peri-urban areas, while scholarship on rural food systems in and of them...
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Global challenges associated with a growing demand for food in the face of finite natural resources and climate change have prompted concerns about the sustainability of our current food systems. As formulated by the Food and Agriculture Organization, the four principal domains of sustainable diets are health, economics, society, and the environmen...
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School gardens and garden-based learning continue to gain great popularity in the United States, and their pedagogical potential, and ability to impact students’ fruit and vegetable consumption and activity levels have been well-documented. Less examined is their potential to be agents of food system reskilling and transformation. Though producer a...
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Current cropping systems in the American Heartland have developed within a specific set of social, economic and ecological conditions. Corn and soybean cropping systems are shaped by consolidated markets for inputs, processing and trading, while the development of large-scale livestock enterprises have limited options for diversified farming. The i...
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We propose a framework for assessing claims of unfairness by agricultural producers. By employing concepts from network exchange theory and considerations of power and dependency, we show that judgments about fairness can be made after considering the structure and context of the network and the way context influences expectations of network actors...
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This is a policy brief article published by Revista Puentes (an ICTSD publication). The article argues that too much emphasis on short-term productivity in the agricultural sector in the US has compromised the environmental and social pillars of sustainability. Full article also available at: https://www.ictsd.org/bridges-news/puentes/news/leccione...
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The notion of fairness is frequently invoked in the context of food and agriculture, whether in terms of a fair marketplace, fair treatment of workers, or fair prices for consumers. In 2009, the Kellogg Foundation named fairness as one of four key characteristics of a "good" food system. The concept of fairness, however, is difficult to define and...
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Nowadays it is important to analyze the sectors in the economy using the three pillars of sustainability: economic, social and environmental. We can’t simply focus just on the GDP (economic pillar) anymore. It seems a rather simple statement, but in reality many countries are struggling with this issue because it requires a mindset shift, which is...
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We propose a framework for assessing claims of unfairness by agricultural producers. By employing concepts from network exchange theory and considerations of power and dependency, we show that judgments about fairness can be made after considering the structure and context of the network and the way context influences expectations of network actors...
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Future practitioners of sustainable agriculture and agroecology must have the capacity to address the wicked problems in the food system to make progress toward sustainability. Undergraduate sustainable agriculture students from a variety of backgrounds may struggle with the question, is the challenging and complex work of addressing wicked problem...
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Social scientists have valuable perspectives, theories, methods, and tools to bring to the study of global climate change and its impact on the sustainability of the agrifood system and food security. The aim of this paper is to collect and elaborate contemporary concepts and approaches of social scientist research publications and its logical rela...
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Local food systems are frequently touted as economic development strategies for rural communities. In this study, we estimated the local economic impacts of local compared with conventionally produced and marketed food in two regions of Missouri and one region in Nebraska. We found that local food systems generated substantial increases in value ad...
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The (un)fairness of agricultural markets is frequently invoked, especially by farmers. But fairness is difficult to define and measure. In this paper we link fairness and power with the concept of constrained choice to develop a framework for assessing fairness in agricultural markets. We use network exchange theory to define power from the depende...
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The (un)fairness of agricultural markets is frequently invoked, especially by farmers. But fairness is difficult to define and measure. In this paper we link fairness and power with the concept of constrained choice to develop a framework for assessing fairness in agricultural markets. We use network exchange theory to define power from the depende...
Research
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Working paper on power and fairness. Journal review in progress.
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The development and utility of genetically modified (GM) crops for smallholders around the world is controversial. Critical questions include what traits and crops are to be developed; how they can be adapted to smallholders’ ecological, social and economic contexts; which dissemination channels should be used to reach smallholders; and which polic...
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The current economic and social organization of our food system presents social, ecological and economic risks that threaten the long term capability of humanity to provide its food needs. To examine food system resilience it is necessary to see that ecological risks are bound up with the social and economic organization of society; that relationsh...
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Local food systems (LFS) are often viewed as a promising entrepreneurial solution for rural development by enhancing the prosperity of at-risk small and medium sized farms. LFS are often claimed to have greater economic impacts on communities than conventional agriculture because of their backward and forward economic linkages. In our bi-state regi...
Book
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This fourth Rural Sociological Society decennial volume provides advanced policy scholarship on rural North America during the 2010’s, closely reflecting upon the increasingly global nature of social, cultural, and economic forces and the impact of neoliberal ideology upon policy, politics, and power in rural areas. The chapters in this volume rep...
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The goals of this analysis are to examine the economic impacts of local food production and sales versus the economic impacts of conventional agricultural production and conventional food sales. By examining the economic impacts accruing from local food production and sales in relation to the economic impacts from conventional agricultural producti...
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We review research on power, dependency and the concentration of agrifood industries and report updated concentration figures for selected agrifood sectors. We then utilize network exchange theory to identify principles of dependency and network relations and describe network relationships within the broiler, beef and commodity crop sectors. We arg...
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We review research on power, dependency and the concentration of agrifood industries and report updated concentration figures for selected agrifood sectors. We then utilize network exchange theory to identify principles of dependency and network relations and describe network relationships within the broiler, beef and commodity crop sectors. We arg...
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In this paper we consider the question of whether middle-scale farmers, which we define as producers generating between 100,000and 250,000 in sales annually, are better agricultural stewards than small and large-scale producers. Our study is motivated by the argument of some commentators that farmers of this class ought to be protected in part beca...
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The relationship between transnational corporations (TNCs) in the agro-food sector and the nation-state in the context of global post-Fordism is examined through a case study of recent events involving the Ferruzzi transnational corporation. TNCs have a complex and contradictory set of relations with the state that are affected by competition among...
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Abstract Employing primary data collected in the summer of 1991 in a representative survey of two farming areas in the territory of the republics of Russia and Ukraine, this study addresses the issue of the future involvement of collective and state-farm workers in private farming. Through the use of a LISREL model, it is argued that those who have...
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Agricultural systems are situated within social and political environments that have tremendous influence on how they operate. If agricultural systems are to be sustainable, it is critical to understand how they are influenced by social and political factors. An expert panel approach was used to identify and rank the importance of social and politi...
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Much attention has been paid to the emergence of a globally integrated food system in recent decades, where a few firms dominate in certain agriculture and food sectors, from inputs for food production to where farmers sell their raw agricultural products, to where consumers shop for groceries. Production centered notions of power, dominant in earl...
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We consider the implications of trends in the number of U.S. farmers and food imports on the question of what role U.S. farmers have in an increasingly global agrifood system. Our discussion stems from the argument some scholars have made that American consumers can import their food more cheaply from other countries than it can produce it. We cons...
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We hypothesize that an increase in the economic pressures a farmer feels could result in that farmer being more tolerant of unethical conduct than farmers not experiencing economic pressures. To test this hypothesis, we use data from a survey of 3,000 Missouri farmers with farm sales in excess of $10,000 in 2005 in which farmers were asked how acce...
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We consider the effect of economic pressures on the ethical attitudes of farmers. We present a model to derive the hypothesis that an increase in the economic pressures a farmer faces will result in that farmer being more willing to justify or rationalize unethical conduct or to express attitudes more accommodating of unethical conduct than farmers...
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We consider the effect of perceived economic pressures on the ethical attitudes of farmers. We hypothesize that an increase in the economic pressures a farmer faces could result in that farmer being more tolerant of unethical conduct than farmers not experiencing economic pressures. To test this hypothesis, we use data from a survey of 3,000 Missou...
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The Growing Growers Training Program facilitates on-farm apprenticeships complemented by workshops on critical skills to train new growers and improve the skills of existing growers to meet large demand for local and organically grown produce in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The program is a collaborative effort of Kansas State University, Uni...
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We consider the implications of trends in the number of U.S. farmers and food imports on the question of what role U.S. farmers have in an increasingly global agrifood system. Our discussion stems from the argument some scholars have made that American consumers can import their food more cheaply from other countries than it can produce it. We cons...
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The industrialization of agriculture not only alters the ways in which agricultural production occurs, but it also impacts the decisions farmers make in important ways. First, constraints created by the economic environment of farming limit what options a farmer has available to him. Second, because of the industrialization of agriculture and the r...
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The industrialization of agriculture not only alters the ways in which agricultural production occurs, but also impacts the decisions farmers make in important ways. First, constraints created by the economic environment of farming limit what options a farmer has available to him. Second, because of the industrialization of agriculture and the resu...
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In this paper we explore several themes based on our intertwined research and outreach activities. First, we examine and discuss emerging global food chains that are embedded in strategic alliances, joint ventures and relationships – in short in networks of power. Decisions are being displaced away from multiple actors situated in different localit...
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Discusses the restructuring of the food production, processing and retailing sectors in the USA. Describes different methods of vertical and horizontal integration that have occurred. Goes on to discuss the consolidation of business in retailing in particular. Refers to the relationships that are being formed between the supermarket chains, for exa...
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The context of agricultural cooperatives is undergoing major change with the development of various food and information monitoring technologies. Large multi-nationals have moved to take advantage of these developments with the construction of agri-food chains. These chains are being facilitated via various mergers, acquisitions, and alliances, wit...
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This article situates the debate about the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in on-going economic, social and political global restructuring, which has commonly been termed post-Fordism. The author examines two broad theoretical discourses, the neo-liberal and the State interventionist, which are useful for analyzing the debate about NAFT...
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Typescript. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Missouri-Columbia, 1997. Vita. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 241-248).

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Projects (3)
Project
My colleagues and I seek to understand why and where concerns about fairness arise in the agrifood system and how to evaluate these concerns.
Archived project
To understand the impacts of local and regional food systems on the region, including changes in income, employment, and comprehensive wealth. We are particularly interested in the consequences for social and natural capital.