Dean Fisher of Garwin has been designated a "Friend of Agriculture" by the Iowa Farm Bureau Political Action Committee.
Fisher is seeking the Iowa House District 72 seat that includes all of Tama County, the southern and western halves of Marshall County, and Big Creek and Eagle Townships in Black Hawk County (La Porte City area).
"This designation by the Farm Bureau PAC is truly an honor, I'm delighted to receive it" says Fisher, a 5th generation Iowa farmer. Fisher owns a farm north of Montour that carries the Iowa Dept. of Agriculture and Land Stewardship "Heritage Farm" designation for farms that have been in the same family for more than 150 years. Fisher's farm has been in his family since 1852, his great great grandparents settled there in 1855 and began clearing the land to farm. Fisher now raises cattle, hay and row crops on the farm along with his brother and mother, Brad Fisher and Mary Etta Fisher.
"Our organization takes these designations seriously, and carefully considers each race" said Rod Collins, IFBF PAC Committee Chair and a farmer from Dallas County. "We looked objectively at each race and how candidates stand on Farm Bureau policy," Collins said. "It's very important that our designations are guided by statewide grassroots input and how each candidate's voting record and positions line up with Farm Bureau policy. As we moved forward, it will be important for all of us to work to get the Friends of Agriculture elected," he said. "We need to stand behind candidates who are aligned with our policy."
The grassroots effort to designate Friends of Agriculture is guided by members and began in July when county committees evaluated candidates. An unprecedented 98 County Farm Bureau Campaign 2012 Committees submitted candidate evaluations this year. The nine-member PAC committee carefully reviews those evaluations, while also considering candidates positions on issues of importance to members, leadership on Farm Bureau priorities and past voting records.