On behalf of Iowa’s corn farmers, I would like to congratulate Mike Naig on his appointment to Iowa Secretary of Agriculture by Governor Kim Reynolds and will be sworn in this afternoon. He will fill the role vacated by Bill Northey, who was nominated by President Trump and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate last week as the U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation. Northey will be sworn in by USDA Secretary Perdue at the Iowa Ag Leaders Dinner tomorrow evening in Des Moines.
In his previous role as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Naig assisted Bill Northey in managing the department and regularly traveled to Iowa Corn Growers Association events and activities including speaking at the Iowa Corn 300, the Grassroots Summit and numerous county crop fairs. Reynolds noted Naig's commitment to continuity and stability for Iowa agriculture influenced her decision.
Mike Naig grew up on his family farm near Cylinder in Northwest Iowa. He graduated from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake with degrees in biology and political science. Naig is and his wife Jamie have three boys.
Naig has spent his entire career working in agriculture, having served in public policy roles for state and national agribusiness trade associations as well as in private industry.
We look forward to working with Secretary Naig in his new role on several key issues facing Iowa’s corn growers.
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