I am a fourth generation farmer from Spirit Lake, Iowa who grows corn and soybeans. After graduating from Iowa State University in 1981, I returned to Spirit Lake to farm with my grandfather.
I am serving my first term as Secretary of Agriculture after being elected in November of 2006.
My priorities as Secretary of Agriculture are advancing the opportunities available through renewable energy, promoting conservation and stewardship, and telling the story of Iowa agriculture.
Secretary Northey is meeting with Iowans in each of the state’s 99 counties again this year to discuss the status of agriculture in the state and answer questions.
“I learned a lot about all that is going on in agriculture through the town meetings I hosted across the state last year and I’m confident this year will be no different,” Northey said. “I’m excited to hear from Iowans, both farmers and non-farmers alike, about the issues facing agriculture and the opportunities available through this industry.”
Monday, June 15, 2009 Delaware County – 1:00 p.m., Farm Bureau Office, 115 E. Delaware, Manchester
Tuesday, June 16, 2009 Guthrie County – 9:00 a.m., Farm Bureau Office, 203 N. 4th St., Guthrie Center Shelby County – 11:30 a.m., Speak to No-till Field Day, Carstens 1880 Farmstead, south of Shelby Shelby County – 1:30 p.m., Farm Bureau Office, 908 6th St. Harlan Audubon County – 3:30 p.m., Farm Bureau Office, 202 N Market, Audubon
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 Decatur County – 9:00 a.m., Farm Bureau Office, 118 N. Main St., Leon Ringgold County – 11:00 a.m., Southwest Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative, Community Room, 1502 West South St. Mt. Ayr Taylor County – 1:30 p.m., Farm Bureau Office, 607 Pollock Blvd., Bedford Union County – 3:30 p.m., Farm Bureau Office, 206 N Elm St., Creston Clarke County – 5:15 p.m., Clarke County Diversity Garden Open House, Community Gardens, 2215 N. Main (behind Clarke County Farm Bureau office), Osceola