“My life has been about farming,” the Republican who farms near Corning in Adams County said during a phone interview with The Messenger Thursday afternoon.
“I understand the ups and downs of agriculture because my family and I have lived through them,” he said. “I think it’s important that a secretary of agriculture feels the same joy and the same pain that the rest of agriculture feels.”
He said pushing forward with the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy will be a priority for him if he’s elected. That strategy is intended to clean up the state’s water through responsible use of fertilizers.
“Yes, it’s voluntary,” Gaesser said. “But in the long run, it’s not an optional program because we have a responsibility there.”