Obviously, in general it was a disappointing night for Republicans. It was always going to be an uphill battle and, in the end, I think the desire for change won the day.
It will be interested in seeing how campaign rhetoric translates into policy. I am looking forward to learning who will be the new leaders at USDA, but also at EPA, the Department of Energy and other areas that impact agriculture in the Obama administration.
In Iowa, there were certainly some bright spots for Republicans in races for the state legislature. In addition, there were a number of good candidates elected on both sides of the aisle who understand agriculture and renewable energy and I believe will work to make sure Iowa remains a leader on these vital issues.