Please support Tim Gannon for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. If you cannot donate but want to help, visit Tim’s campaign website, TimGannonforAgriculture.
Here’s a word from Tim –
I wanted to make sure you saw an article from the Cedar Rapids Gazette talking about a trend affecting Iowa farmers and our rural communities. Check it out here – [How We Got Here: Iowa farms grow in size, but there are fewer of them]
As the article notes, Iowa’s farmers are more productive than ever because of improvements in technology. This means fewer Iowans are employed full time as farmers and the costs associated with farming can make it difficult for young farmers to get started. Not only do we need to work to make it easier for the next generation of farmers to get started, but we need to work to create a rural economy that adds more value to the products we grow which will improve the outlook for all farmers. Creating new industries based on our productive farmers will help us sustain small town institutions like schools, hospitals, and churches.
In order to stem the tide of consolidation in rural Iowa, we need to make it easier — not harder — for young Iowans to start a farm. I want to help young farmers looking to participate in Iowa’s agriculture economy, but I can’t without your support. Can I count on you to help me get more Iowans into good paying jobs by contributing to my campaign for Secretary of Agriculture?
Developing our infrastructure and investing in the next generation of Iowa farmers are ways we can reverse this trend threatening small town Iowa. With your help, I’ll fight for our small towns that make Iowa such a special place to live, farm, and raise a family.