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Iowa Ag race in NY Times op-ed

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Blogger Chris Woods spotted a mention of the Iowa Secretary of Ag race in the New York Times.

It’s an interesting piece. For instance:

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 . . . 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 resources.

Sometimes it seems like the parties don’t give us much choice.   In this case, a first glance suggests that we may actually get to say something about the future of Iowa farming.

Click here for Woods’ comments or here to see it in the Times itself. Know any details?

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Written by Monte

October 11, 2006 at 12:42 pm

Posted in Environment

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