Bill Northey USDA nomination advances to full Senate

If confirmed, he'll be Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey smiles as he talks with people at Wapsie Valley Creamery in Independence on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey smiles as he talks with people at Wapsie Valley Creamery in Independence on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — The nomination of Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey to be an undersecretary at the USDA was approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee Thursday and sent to the full Senate.

Northey, 58, a Spirit Lake farmer in is third term as Iowa’s ag secretary, was nominated by President Donald Trump in September to be Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation and he appeared before the committee earlier this month.

“As a fourth generation farmer, Mr. Northey has an innate understanding of our agricultural community and the obstacles our farmers and ranchers face,” committee member Sen. Joni Ernst said Thursday.

With the support of the committee and more than 60 farm and conservation organizations, his confirmation is expected.

If confirmed, Northey will oversee three USDA agencies: the Farm Service Agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Risk Management Agency. Programs under the role would include crop insurance, conservation, disaster assistance and producer lending services, Roberts said Thursday.

No date for a Senate vote on his nomination was announced.

l Comments: (319) 398-8375; james.lynch@thegazette.com

CONTINUE READING

MORE Government ARTICLES TO READ NEXT ...

CommonBond Communities, a nonprofit affordable housing organization out of St. Paul, Minn., is developing Crestwood Ridge Apartments at 1200 Edgewood Rd. NW in Cedar Rapids.The $9.1 million project was awarded a federal tax credit ...

Four Oaks, a Cedar Rapids-based social service agency with a state contract to recruit and train foster parents in Iowa, is defending its use of church facilities despite concerns from some Iowans it may deter prospective foster p ...

Give us feedback

Have you found an error or omission in our reporting? Tell us here.

Do you have a story idea we should look into? Tell us here.