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Northey talks ag issues and sharing your story

Jordan Anderson 10/15/2013 @ 2:32pm Digital Content Editor for Successful Farming magazine and Agriculture.com

To kick off the festivities of the World Food Prize Symposium this week in downtown Des Moines, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey spent time with our crew as well as members of the North American Agricultural Journalists. Northey supplied a bounty of information about the current issues facing Iowa and a valued perspective about sharing the story of agriculture.  

He noted that many agriculturalists are engaging in conversations about news and what is important to the farming community, but there is an entire non-farming crowd that are willing to listen and learn, especially when it comes to personal stories of those involved in agriculture.  

“Success [in agriculture] wasn’t because the U.S. told us [Iowa] would be a corn-producing state.  It’s because of the people and innovation efforts created here… There are a lot of great stories in agriculture that we need to get out.”

Secretary Northey touched on various topics confronting Iowa agriculture today: ethanol in fuel at varying levels, the immense impact of cover crops due to the proactivity of Iowa farmers this year, and especially EPA water quality issues.  He reminded the room of the substantial advancements that farming has made in the past ten years and what it can possibly look for in the future.

“We are at the right place to be able to address advances as long as water quality remains a key component.”

For more information on the World Food Prize Symposium, visit www.worldfoodprize.org.

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