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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Bleeding Heartland: Iowa State let Farm Bureau choose the head of the Leopold Center

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

I lost a lot of respect for Iowa State University President Gregory
Geoffroy after reading this piece by Alan Guebert for the Burlington
Hawk Eye. The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture has been
looking for a director to replace the retiring Jerry DeWitt. An expert
panel conducted a nationwide search and chose four finalists, whom you
can learn more about here. Guebert explains how the search ended:
"Iowa Farm Bureau made it known to ISU aggies that the leading
candidate for the post, Ricardo Salvador, the program director for the
Kellogg Foundation's Food, Health and Wellbeing program, was not its
prime choice." ... Those who have seen the documentary King Corn might
remember Salvador from a few scenes. He is highly regarded by
sustainable agriculture experts inside and outside the U.S. and is an
expert on one of Iowa's leading crops.


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