Fran­cis Thicke has been an organ­ic farmer for over 30 years and cur­rent­ly oper­ates a cer­ti­fied 80-cow dairy in Fair­field, Iowa. He earned a Ph.D. in Agronomy/​Soil Fer­til­i­ty from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Illi­nois in 1988 and a Master’s degree in Soil Sci­ence from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Min­neso­ta in 1984. For­mal­ly a soil sci­en­tist for the U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture, Thicke has been active in numer­ous organ­ic and envi­ron­men­tal orga­ni­za­tions includ­ing the Iowa Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Com­mis­sion, the Leopold Group, Sier­ra Club in South­east Iowa, Food Democ­ra­cy Now, the Organ­ic Farm­ing Research Foun­da­tion and the Mid­west Organ­ic and Sus­tain­able Edu­ca­tion Service.
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