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Gov. Reynolds to Name Mike Naig as Iowa Secretary of Agriculture

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced on Thursday she will name Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship Deputy Secretary Mike Naig as the new Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, citing a commitment to continuity and stability. Naig will become Secretary of Agriculture upon Bill Northey’s resignation. He will serve the remainder of Northey’s term. “Mike Naig has been… Read More »

Northey Approved for USDA

The wait is over for Bill Northey. Months after he was nominated, the Spirit Lake farmer and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture was confirmed Tuesday by the U.S. Senate as USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. “It is a tremendous honor for me to be confirmed to serve as an Under Secretary of Agriculture,”… Read More »

Don’t Overlook Ag’s Economic Footprint

As more people are one, two or three generations off the farm, fewer people can share fond memories of visiting or working on their grandparent’s farm. This migration away from farming unfortunately leads to a loss of recognition of how important agriculture is to society and its economic importance to the United States. The U.S…. Read More »

Leaders in the Field

[Source: INEDA, 03.2016 | Keywords: Women, Agriculture, Farming] Women play many important roles in agriculture. Unfortunately, they are usually in the minority and often overlooked as a vital part of the industry. That image is starting to change. More and more women are finding their voice and are taking to social media, blogs and so… Read More »

Women: Changing the Face of AgricultureYou don’t have to look far to see women working in an ag-related field. From farm operators and agronomists, to sales representatives, advocates and dealership management, women today play an increasingly vital role in agriculture. According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, nearly 1 million women – almost a third of our nation’s farmers – work America’s lands. These women generate $12.9 billion in annual agricultural sales. With nearly 32,167 women farmers in Iowa in 2012, the women’s agricultural workforce grew 15% from 2002, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The number of women operators in Nebraska also increased 23% to 19,851 farmers during that same time period. This translates to a $474M economic impact in Iowa and a $432M economic impact in Nebraska. Colleges across the Midwest have also experienced a spike in female interest in their agricultural programs in recent years. Enrollment at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University went up 57.4% among women between 2005 and 2015, while the University of Nebraska-Lincoln saw a 51.8% increase in its College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources during that same time period. While some of these women hope to return to the family farm with college degrees, many are finding careers stretching beyond traditional farming roles. Each of the following women have broken down the barriers and left their mark in the ever changing agricultural industry.

[Source: INEDA, 03.2016 | Keywords: Women, Agriculture, Dealership] You don’t have to look far to see women working in an ag-related field. From farm operators and agronomists, to sales representatives, advocates and dealership management, women today play an increasingly vital role in agriculture.    According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, nearly 1 million women… Read More »