MUSCATINE — A soybean farmer from Adams County passed through town Wednesday, part of his run on the Republican ticket for Iowa’s secretary of agriculture.
Off the farm, Ray Gaesser is probably better known for his work in trade relations as the President of the Iowa, American and International Soybean Growers Alliance.
According to Gaesser, he’s presided over some deals that amount to more than a hill of beans.
“I was part of the signing of the largest purchase of soybeans ever in the world and it happened right here in Iowa,” Gaesser said. “483 million bushels. That was almost all the soybeans grown in Iowa that year.”