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Thursday, November 16th, at the Best Western Regency Inn in Marshalltown
at 6:30 p.m.
IHPA Annual Meeting
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of the Buzz Picture Contest. Congratulations! Martin, on the right,
was the honey gate keeper. Martin and a neighbor boy kept close
watch over the freshly extracted honey.
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A Farm Race in Iowa
New York Times Editorial
Published: October 10, 2006
There is a governor’s race going on in
Iowa Culver vs. Nussle, a tossup but the race to watch is the
one for secretary of agriculture. Both candidates support ethanol
production, and who wouldn’t when ethanol has given Iowa
the lowest fuel prices in the nation? But otherwise they are about
as different as it is possible to be and still be an Iowan for
agriculture. Bill Northey, a Republican, farms corn and soybeans
and has been endorsed by the Farm Bureau. His Democratic opponent
is Denise O’Brien, who raises poultry, apples and strawberries.
She and her husband farm organically, and her campaign vehicle
is a green biodiesel school bus.
The candidates capture a real split in the farm
world in Iowa and the nation as a whole. Mr. Northey proudly represents
the industrial vision of farming that has turned Iowa into the
land of the two-crop, corn-soybean rotation, a place where the
chance to produce corn-based ethanol looks like diversity. Ms.
O’Brien has been unfairly accused of belonging to “fringe”
groups, and she is clearly not the Farm Bureau candidate. “Organic”
is anathema to the Farm Bureau. But she is a reminder that Iowa
would be better off with greater agricultural diversity, stronger
communities and a greater emphasis on the health of its natural
The sharpest difference between these two candidates
concerns the ability of counties and towns to restrict the siting
of feedlots and farm operations that concentrate huge numbers
of animals. Mr. Northey believes in a single set of regulations
across all of Iowa’s 99 counties. Ms. O’Brien argues
that factory farms should be regulated by the state but that communities
should be able to voice their concerns too. After all, they are
the ones who have to live downwind.
Iowa Farmers Union
PO Box 8988
528 Billy Sunday Rd
Ames, IA 50014