By now you have seen the election results, and know that we did not win the race for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. However, we did engage the public in an important discussion and debate on the future of our food and agriculture, and we moved the dialogue forward.
I very much appreciate the huge surge of support for our campaign in the last weeks before the election, and all your uplifting messages of encouragement after the election results came in.
Joe Fassler, student of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and writer for The Atlantic, publishes a comprehensive guide to the three key issues in Iowa Secretary of Agriculture race: Big Ag vs. Local Foods, CAFOs and Energy.
“Here, I look at three crucial (and divisive) issues facing United States agriculture; in each case, the candidates have sharply divergent platforms.”
“In Iowa’s election for Secretary of Agriculture, the choice couldn’t be clearer. On one hand you’ve got Francis Thicke, who has worked as a dairy farmer for 27 years, selling his products locally and actually building the economy. On the other hand, you’ve got Bill Northey who has led a team that invested nearly $1 million in Brazil’s ethanol production. In a world where money talks, maybe Bill Northey should be running for Secretary of Agriculture in Brazil.” — Jim Hightower
Yesterday we finished filming Francis Thicke’s first video commercial. The production was a grass roots effort, with folks all over Iowa donating their talents to pull it off. Local filmmaker Geoff Boothby teamed up with sound-man Kristian Day from Des Moines and Director Drew Veysey from Ames to shoot the commercial yesterday on Francis Thicke’s farm.