IATP Food and Community Fellow Francis Thicke and his wife, Susan, of Radiance Dairy, Fairfield, IA, were honored today as the 2012 MOSES Organic Farmer of the Year at the 2012 Organic Farming Conference. The MOSES Organic Farmer of the Year Award is given annually to an organic farmer practicing outstanding land stewardship, innovation, and outreach.
According to the announcement in the Organic Broadcaster:
Francis recommends farmers "listen to your inner agronomist, not be so tied to preconceived notions, and be more fluid" in making management decisions. This is how the Thicke dairy herd is managed, with young stock and production animals given feeds and living conditions that respect their needs and natural behaviors. Using the tools that nature provides and remaining open and responsive to their livestock's subtle messages, the Thickes have a productive and profitable dairy operation, supported by a constantly improving land base.