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- Speaking Freely - Francis Thicke

30:28 minutes (27.9 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Mr. Francis Thicke is running as a Democrat for the office of Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. Francis and his wife, Susan, are owners and operators of a grass-based, organic dairy near Fairfield. Mr.Thicke has a Ph.D. in agronomy/soil fertility and previously served at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington,D.C as National Program Leader for Soil Science for the USDA-Extension Service. He has served on the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission and the Iowa Food Policy Council at the appointment of Governor Tom Vilsack.

- Speaking Freely - Francis Thicke

30:28 minutes (27.9 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Mr. Francis Thicke is running as a Democrat for the office of Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. Francis and his wife, Susan, are owners and operators of a grass-based, organic dairy near Fairfield. Mr.Thicke has a Ph.D. in agronomy/soil fertility and previously served at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington,D.C as National Program Leader for Soil Science for the USDA-Extension Service. He has served on the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission and the Iowa Food Policy Council at the appointment of Governor Tom Vilsack.

- 20101022 - Writers' Voices - Francis Thicke

60:01 minutes (54.95 MB) Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Today Monica Hadley interviews the Democratic candidate for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Francis Thicke. They will discuss his campaign & book.


The message in A New Vision for Iowa Food and Agriculture, is clear: plan for the end of cheap oil in agriculture. It is an engaging and quick read, grounded in Thicke's experiences as an organic dairy farmer in his Fairfield, Iowa community. One has to agree, Iowans are not doing enough to become aware of the end of cheap oil, much less plan for the inevitability of it and its impact on our lives...


During the last hundred years, Iowa agriculture has been transformed into an industrial behemoth when the rest of industrial society was converting to information based operations. In an information age, agriculture has been slow to adopt new technologies, especially those related to energy production on the farm. This despite emergence of new information about organic farming, renewable energy sourcing and sustainability.