The democrat challenger for Iowa’s fourth district congressional seat has picked up the endorsement of the grandson of the man who started Pioneer Hybrid Seed and served as F-D-R’s Secretary of Agriculture and Vice President. Scott Wallace lives in Maryland, but he says he had a notion that his grandfather, Henry A. Wallace, wanted him to come back to Iowa and campaign for Democrats this week, including for Paul Johnson. “I sort of felt my grandfather calling to me and feeling that his voice ought to be heard in Iowa this week,” Scott Wallace says. Johnson was the chief of what now is the Natural Resources Conservation Service at the U-S Department of Agriculture in the mid 1990s and co- authored the state’s Groundwater Protection Act in 1987. Wallace says Johnson has many of the same visions for agriculture as his grandfather did. Wallace says it would be great to have Johnson represent Ames, a place where his grandfather grew up and went to college and worked with George Washington Carver. Wallace says Johnson, who served a stint in the Peace Corps, has the same kind of world view his grandfather did. Wallace also supports Johnson’s call for requiring more use of renewable fuels.Wallace says Johnson would take “fresh thinking” to Congress. Scott Wallace currently is the President of the Wallace Global Fund, an organization that he says promotes citizenry, fights injustice, and protects the diversity of nature. It was founded by the Wallace Family in 1995 and is currently funded by money from the sale of Pioneer Hi-Bred to DuPont for almost eight-Billion dollars in 1999.
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