Naig named Iowa Secretary of Agriculture
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has named a successor to Bill Northey, a Spirit Lake farmer and three-term Iowa Secretary of Agriculture.
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig will finish the final year of Northey's third term in statewide office.
"I want to thank Governor Reynolds for giving me this opportunity," Naig said. "I am excited to work with the governor and her administration to continue our efforts to support our state’s dynamic agriculture industry."
Naig also congratulated Northey on his confirmation as Under Secretary of Agriculture at USDA.
"It has been an honor to serve as a partner with Secretary Northey to help lead the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship for the past four and a half years and I look forward to continuing to work on behalf of the people of Iowa," he said. "I have spent my entire career in agriculture and am inspired by the passion and commitment of the hard working men and women who keep us fed and fueled. I look forward to traveling the state as secretary to meet with and hear from Iowans to better represent their interests and be responsive to their needs."
Naig also said he is committed to building on the momentum that has been created on water quality and accelerating our adoption of conservation practices. With long-term funding now in place, Naig said the state is positioned to build on the progress that has already been made.
"We must also continue working to build markets for the crops and livestock we raise so well here, including promoting renewable fuels and expanding international trade," he said. "I look forward to hitting the ground running and working with the many diverse stakeholders that are so important to our state’s agriculture industry to support and strengthen all aspects of our ag economy."