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John Norwood

for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture
 
 
Fresh Ideas. Courage to Lead.
 

 Iowa Built to Last

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IOWA BUILT TO LAST

WATER SOVEREIGNTY

Water sovereignty is the right of every Iowan – whether farmer, consumer, landowner, fisherman, or recreationalist – to have access to clean, safe, abundant, and sustainable water resources.  Resources that are foundational to human health, crop and animal health, our economy, and our general welfare.

SOIL HEALTH

Healthy soil is the foundation of productive, sustainable agriculture here in Iowa. Think of dirt as the physical and chemical properties

and add the biology to get soil.

Soil health has been defined as the "the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living system, within ecosystem and land-use boundaries, to sustain biological productivity, promote the quality of air and water environments, and maintain plant, animal, and human health."

(Pankhurst et al., 1997)

COMMUNITY

Community health is the collective well-being of community members as defined by human health, animal health and economic well-being.

A fundamental measure of a community’s health is its population. While a growing or even stable population may be described as healthy, communities in decline are decidedly not.

In Iowa, nearly 70 of our 99 counties are suffering from population decline

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

"John Norwood will make an excellent Secretary of Agriculture. His background in leading an agricultural land trust, his knowledge of the possibilities in farm based renewable energy and in marketing Iowa grown food make him uniquely suited for the position. Even more important is his vision for our future where Iowans continue to farm with healthy soil, clean water and clean air. I urge you to support him."

Patty Judge, former Lieutenant Governor of Iowa; and IA Secretary of Agriculture

"I support John Norwood because he finds common ground to bring people together to work for the common good.  It still is the best fit I have seen of your approach to problem solving. I feel it is what you did in your neighborhood with the goat project, again with building saturated buffers and again leading the Polk County Soil Commissioner's effort refusing to sign off on allowing five tons per acre soil loss." 

Paul A.;  farmer, Taylor County, IA

"As a farmer, Norwood recognizes my need to make a profit.  He recognizes Iowans want clean water in their lakes and streams.  And he thinks Iowa's most valuable asset is its land and water.  John is looking out for the next generation of Iowans, like my 10 year old daughter.  I trust John and his values." 

David W., farmer, Boone County, IA

"Norwood is solutions driven . He thinks for himself and listens to people.  He knows how to find consensus among groups with different points of view in order to do what is best for Iowans. As Secretary of Agriculture, he will bring fresh ideas and thinking to the position, and will work tirelessly as a champion for Iowa."

Peggy S.;  former Fortune 500 executive, Linn County, IA