Marty Strange has an M.S. in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri and B.A. degrees in sociology and political science from Defiance College. He was a co-founder and for 23 years the program director of the Center for Rural Affairs in Nebraska, one of the pioneer organizations in the sustainable agriculture movement. His book, Family Farming: A New Economic Vision, first published in 1988, is one of the leading critiques of industrial agriculture and was republished in a new edition in 2008.
He has served a Senior Associate with the Joyce Foundation and a Senior Advisor to the Northwest Area Foundation in support of those private foundations’ work in sustainable agriculture and soil and water conservation.
Mr. Strange has been widely recognized for leadership in agricultural and rural affairs. He received Common Cause’s Public Service Achievement Award and the Rural Sociological Society’s Distinguished Service to Rural Life Award, and was named by a panel of scholars and journalists commissioned by the Lincoln Journal Star as one of the 100 people who most influenced the course of the state of Nebraska in the 20th century. In 2012 he received the Stanley A. Brzezinski Memorial Rural Education Research Award from the National Rural Education Association.