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At an early age, I learned to care about my community and the world around me from my parents. It was only a matter of time before I became active in my community, engaging in local debates over school consolidation and corporate control of livestock.
In college, I immersed myself in environmental and agricultural ethics, and wrote a master’s thesis on the moral obligation to save the family farm. Today, I make good on that obligation, and a larger obligation to all rural residents.
Here in Lyons, I like that I can participate in national debates and stay rooted in a town of 860 people at the same time. On my 12 acres outside of town, I enjoy chopping wood, working in the garden and tending a small flock of sheep. If you are in the area, stop by for a visit.
We're all headed out of here for the holiday weekend. Before I go though, I'll leave you with a collection of pieces written by or featuring Center staff on the topic of what opportunities are offered by the new President and new Congress on issues that matter to rural America.
Obama Needs Ag Secretary Committed to New Vision
By Chuck Hassebrook | Des Moines Register
Obama launched his campaign in Iowa with a promise to change farm and
rural policy to create genuine opportunity for rural people and a
I should at least give a nod to the big news (actually 24 hours old now). Despite the Washington Post deeming him a "near shoo-in," former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack appears to be off the list for Secretary of Agriculture.
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