For a small-town Iowa farm kid, serving as Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture is an absolute honor, but a responsibility I do not take lightly. My wife Jaime grew up in Malvern in southwest Iowa and I was raised on my family’s Century Farm in Cylinder, a tiny northwest Iowa community. Together we are raising three young boys in a state I am proud to fight for each and every day.
I had a similar childhood to many farm kids in the ’80s. We raised corn, beans and pigs. We worked hard, but I saw my own family and our neighbors struggle. When times were challenging, I remember my dad saying the only thing he felt like he could control was how hard we worked. That is the mantra that continues to guide me today serving as your secretary of agriculture.
My priority from day one has been to be available to all Iowans I represent. To engage, listen, and take those priorities back to the department to better our process. That is why in less than seven months I’ve held meetings with Iowans in all 99 counties, visiting many of these counties many times. I will continue to advocate for improvements in our water quality and soil health, expanded markets for our crop farmers and livestock producers and inspire Iowa’s next talented generation to pursue careers in agriculture.
This is an important election for the direction of Iowa agriculture that presents two distinct approaches. I am confidant Iowa farm families know best how to effectively manage and be great stewards of their land while bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., are misguided in their heavy handed regulatory approach. We will continue to fight every day to empower Iowa’s farmers and agribusinesses to innovate, invest and grow without being stifled by overregulation.
I have received endorsements from the Iowa Corn Growers Association PAC, Iowa Farm Bureau, and the Iowa Association of Business and Industry for my policy positions and actions to advocate for Iowa farm families and agriculture’s priorities.
In Iowa we have world-class soil, weather and agriculture. But, this is something we cannot take for granted. This is why I’m focused on the future of Iowa agriculture. I have the experience, energy and right priorities to move Iowa agriculture forward and I’d be honored to have your support on Nov. 6.
• Mike Naig is a Republican candidate for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture.
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