Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today issued the following statement after being sworn in for his 3rd term.
“I love being the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture and I am humbled by the opportunity to serve in this role for four more years. I am looking forward to getting out and visiting each of Iowa’s 99 counties again this year to talk about what we are doing at the Department, highlighting the vital connection between agriculture and our communities, and, most importantly, hearing from Iowans.
“Over the next four years I will continue to work on the issues important to our state’s growing and dynamic agriculture industry. A strong Iowa agriculture benefits our state while also helping meet the needs of an increasing global population. Iowa will continue to lead the way in using voluntary, science-based efforts to improve water quality and strengthen soil conservation while using innovative approaches to producing more while using less.”
Northey is a fourth generation farmer from Spirit Lake, Iowa who grows corn and soybeans. He returned to Spirit Lake to farm with his grandfather after graduating from Iowa State University in 1981. He was reelected to his third term as Iowa Secretary of Agriculture in November of 2014, winning with 62 percent of the vote and receiving more votes than any other candidate in the state.