John Canfield is a Ph.D. student in the Sociology program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2019, he received his M.S. in Rural Sociology at Auburn University, where his research focused on the financialization of farmland in rural Illinois. His advisor was Loka Ashwood. Before studying at Auburn, he double majored in Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Sewanee: The University of the South. He is interested in the convergence of areas of rural, environmental, and economic sociology and plans to continue studying these issues at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently working on two projects. At Wisconsin, he is looking at nonprofit land acquisitions in Montana. Continuing to collaborate with professors at Auburn, he is also working with Loka Ashwood and Ryan Thompson on an analysis of the corporate and financial structures of industrial hog corporations.
William "Bill" Cahalin is the multimedia webmaster for Auburn's College of Ag Comm-Marketing & Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station. An alumnus of Belmont University in Nashville, his work spans the music industry, publishing, aerospace, and enjoys lavish cocktail garnishes.
Parasite examined for its link to poor diet, obesity
With the obesity rate sitting at 36 percent and climbing, researchers are investigating factors contributing to the notoriously poor diet quality in the United States. One possibility might be a common parasite that causes impulsive decisions and changes risk...
Research examines results of competing policies on healthy food choices
An Auburn University research project attempts to determine which approach best improves access to healthy food choices for food assistance recipients in the United States — more government benefits or more grocery stores. The study — authored by Joel Cuffey,...
“Agrivoltaic” research combines solar energy, food production
Auburn University researchers in the College of Agriculture’s Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology Department are participating in a new USDA project to optimize design for “agrivoltaic” systems — fields with both crops and solar panels — that will maintain crop...