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For Immediate Release
Friday, March 17, 2017

Dustin Vande Hoef
515/281-3375 or 515/326-1616 (cell)



Iowa Secretary of Agriculture will help highlight Iowa products during stops around National Ag Day on March 21

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today announced that he will be making stops in Mahaska, Monroe, Marion, Iowa, Johnson, Linn, Cerro Gordo, Hancock, Wright, Franklin Scott and Clinton Counties March 20 to 23. Northey will be highlighting a variety of Iowa agriculture products during his visits which are centered around National Ag Day on March 21.

On Monday, Northey will present the Gary Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award to the Albertson family in Fremont, tour a bioreactor site in the Miller Creek Watershed in Eddyville and visit Ulrich’s Meat Market in Pella.  On Tuesday, Northey will visit the Kloubec Koi Farm in Amana, tour Old Capitol Food Company in Iowa City and attend the Celebration of Ag dinner in Cedar Rapids.

On Wednesday, Northey will speak at the Mason City Chamber of Commerce Ag Breakfast, tour Old Bank Winery in Kanawha, visit Dome Winery in Belmond and have lunch at Willie’s Sports Bar and Grill, a past finalist in the Iowa’s Best Pork Tenderloin contest, in Hampton.  On Thursday, Northey will participate in the Cinnamon Ridge Ag Summit in Donahue, participate in the Silos and Smokestacks Spring Ag Roundtable in Clinton and tour Alcoa in Riverdale.

The details of the visits follow here:

Monday, March 20, 2017
Mahaska County – 11:30 a.m., present the Gary Wergin Good Farm Neighbor Award to the Neil Albertson family, Fremont Community Center, 117 IA-23, Fremont
Monroe County – 2:00 p.m., tour a bioreactor site in the Miller Creek Watershed, 1383 735th Ave., Eddyville
Marion County – 4:00 p.m., visit Ulrich’s Meat Market, 715 Franklin St., Pella

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Iowa County – 1:30 p.m., tour Kloubec Koi Farm, 1375 Baxter Avenue NW, Amana
Johnson County – 3:15 p.m., visit Old Capitol Food Company, 3569 Dolphin Dr SE, Iowa City
Linn County – 6:00 p.m., attend the 31st Celebration of Ag Dinner, Double Tree Cedar Rapids Exhibit A, 350 1st Ave NE, Cedar Rapids

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Cerro Gordo County – 7:45 a.m., speak at the Mason City Chamber of Commerce Ag Breakfast, North Iowa Events Center, All Seasons Building, 3700 4th St SW, Mason City
Hancock County – 9:30 a.m., visit Old Bank Winery, 200 N. Main St., Kanawha
Wright County – 10:30 a.m., visit Dome Winery, 339 E Main St., Belmond
Franklin County – 11:45 a.m., have lunch at Willie’s Sport’s Bar and Grill (a finalist for the Best Iowa Pork Tenderloin), 10 1st St NW, Hampton

Thursday, March 23, 2017
Scott County – 9:00 a.m., speak at the Cinnamon Ridge Ag Summit, 10600 275th St, Donahue
Clinton County – 12:15 p.m., speak at the Silos and Smokestacks Spring Ag Roundtable, Sawmill Museum, 2231 Grant St., Clinton
Scott County – 2:30 p.m., tour Alcoa, 4879 State Street, Riverdale

Northey, a corn and soybean farmer from Spirit Lake, is serving his third 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 tell the story of Iowa agriculture.

Northey has committed to traveling to each of Iowa’s 99 counties every year to hear from farmers and rural residents with a stake in the future of agriculture.  These meetings allow him to listen to their needs and better lead the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship as it seeks to serve the people of the state.  Follow along with the Secretary’s travels on Twitter by using the hashtag #northey99.  Also, a map highlighting the counties he has visited so far this year can be found at


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