Iowa Soil Expert to Address Iowa Water & Soil issues at Clayton County CAN Annual Meeting

Soil Scientist & Organic Farmer, Dr. Francis Thicke

Clayton County Annual Meeting
Thursday, November 16th 6:30 p.m.
Keystone AEA, Elkader, IA

Dr. Francis Thicke will address Iowa’s soil health and water quality issues at the Clayton County CAN annual meeting.

Thicke proclaims, “Iowa’s water quality problems are the result of the prevalence of cropping systems that lack resilience and are inherently leaky of nutrients. The adoption of practices that are ecologically sound and improve soil health will also remedy water quality problems.”

Francis Thicke, with his wife Susan, owns and operates a 90-cow, grass-based, organic dairy near Fairfield, Iowa.  They process their milk on the farm and market their dairy products through grocery stores and restaurants in Fairfield.  Francis has a Ph.D. in soil fertility and has served as National Program Leader for Soil Science for the USDA-Extension Service in Washington, D.C.

Francis has served on many advisory groups, including the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission, the Iowa Food Policy Council, and the USDA State Technical Committee. He has also twice testified before the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee.