Organic Farmer Appointed to National Organic Standards Board

Congratulations to Francis Thicke, PhD, for his appointment to the National Organic Standards Board.

Francis and his wife Susan own and operate an 80-cow, grass-based, organic dairy near Fairfield, Iowa. They process all of the milk right there on the farm. They produce bottled milk, cheese and yogurt that are sold through grocery stores and restaurants in their local community. All of their milk products are sold within four miles of their farm.

At one time, Francis worked for the US Department of Agriculture in Washington DC, serving as the National Program Leader for Soil Science for the USDA-Extension Service. Francis and Susan returned to full-time farming in 1992.

Francis has served on the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission, the Iowa Food Policy Council, the Iowa Organic Standards Board, and many others.

Again, congratulations Francis!