From athletics to politics, the actor known for his “Iowa Nice” videos released a new two-minute tribute to Iowa’s agricultural industry this week. Scott Siepker, of Des Moines, salutes the state’s farmers in the mini-sermon, praising producers of everything from ethanol to wind power and even Iowa’s fledgling aquaculture industry.
“So, I hear you think you know something about farmers,” Siepker says in the video. “There’s a word for what you know and farmers use it as fertilizer. Your food doesn’t start with the factory or the Keebler Elves. It starts with farming. Your body requires 1,400 pounds of food per year. How much of that do you want to grow yourself?”
In an interview, Siepker says the new video was no great stretch. He says, “It takes our same old stand-by standards, if you will, the format of the Iowa Nice video, just me being a talking head in character as the Iowa Nice guy, saying a few snarky things.” Siepker gained wide popularity a few years ago with his first video touting the state’s many quirks and attributes, not the least of which being Iowa is a primary presidential battleground. He also became a regular on ESPN, commenting on sports happenings.
The actor said it was simply time to give Iowa’s farmers a shout out. “We wanted to say thank you to farmers in our own little way and this opportunity presented itself with a good solid script and I think we did that,” he says. “Hopefully, some people find it to be funny and I’m really proud of the work because I’m not a farmer but I do eat a lot of the food they produce. It’s probably a good idea to say thank you.”
Siepker is now working on a Nice Guy video highlighting next year’s first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses.
(Reporting by Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City)