U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson says it’s not true that she’s an urbanite with no sensitivity to farmers. And to prove her point she offered up her past service as -- we’re not making this up -- commissioner of environmental protection in New Jersey!
Now, we know New Jersey calls itself the Garden State. And, yes, they grow fruits and vegetables there and even have some dairy cows. But to suggest that serving in the New Jersey state government gives you credentials as an aggie is like saying you know about hog farming because you occasionally eat a pork chop.
Still, there may be hope for Jackson. In the same speech to farm journalists, the EPA chief said she recently visited Georgia and California and that she’s planning a trip to Iowa soon. Perhaps some Hawkeye State producers will see that she finally gets some fine particulate matter -- that's dust to most of us -- on her Manolo Blahniks -- those would be shoes!