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For Immediate Release
Friday, January 7, 2011

Dustin Vande Hoef
Communications Director
515/281-3375 or 515/326-1616 (cell)
or Dustin.VandeHoef@IowaAgriculture.gov

NORTHEY TO KICK-OFF 2011 COUNTY MEETINGS WITH VISITS TO MT. PLEASANT AND BURLINGTON ON JANUARY 17

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today announced that he will be visiting each of Iowa’s 99 counties again in 2011.  As part of the effort he will kick-off his tour with meetings in Henry and Des Moines Counties on Monday, January 17.  The meetings give Northey an opportunity to hear from Iowans and discuss agriculture and the issues facing farmers in the state.

Northey will be speaking to the members of the Henry County Farm Bureau Young Farmers committee in Mt. Pleasant and will host a town meeting Burlington.

“I’m looking forward to starting a new year of meetings in each of Iowa’s 99 counties to listen to farmers and learn more about what we need to be working on at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship,” Northey said.  “I have learned a lot from these meetings over the past four years and I hope farmers and rural residents will come out and visit when I am in their community.”

The details of the visits follow here:

Monday, Jan. 14, 2011
Henry County – 12:00 p.m., Speak to Henry County Farm Bureau Young Farmers Committee, Pizza Ranch, 708 N. Grand Ave., Mt. Pleasant
Des Moines County – 2:00 p.m., Town Meeting, Chamber of Commerce, 610 N. 4th St., Burlington

Northey, a corn and soybean farmer from Spirit Lake, is serving his second term as Secretary of Agriculture. His priorities as Secretary of Agriculture are promoting the use of science and new technologies to better care for our air, soil and water, and reaching out to all Iowans to tell the story of Iowa agriculture.

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