Northey is also concerned

Posted September 12, 2013 at 10:41 am


• Like many farmers across Iowa, state secretary of agriculture Bill Northey is concerned about the recent lack of rainfall across the state.

“The extremely hot weather (the last week of August) further stressed the crop, and the condition of both corn and soybeans continues to decline,” Northey said. “Some parts of the state received a little rainfall, but all areas of the state could use additional moisture.”

• Ed Ulch of Solon was re-elected to a three-year term as District 6 director for the Iowa Soybean Association, according to an ISA news release.

Others re-elected to three-year terms include Scott McGregor of Nashua, Sheila Hebenstreit of Jefferson, Rolland Schnell of Newton, Cliff Mulder of Pella and Tom Oswald of Cleghorn.

The newest district director is Bill Shipley of Nodaway.

The directors will assume their seats, and officers will be elected, at the Sept. 5 ISA board meeting.

More information is available at

• Mike Naig has been hired as the new deputy secretary for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and was scheduled to start with the department Sept. 4.

Naig previously served as manager of state and local government affairs for Monsanto. He has been active in the agribusiness industry for more than 13 years, according to an IDALS news release.

• Expiring policies were reinstated and new policies were adopted at the Iowa Corn Growers Association annual meeting and policy conference Aug. 24 in Des Moines.

The ICGA reported that key resolutions approved involved an increase in the Iowa Code limit for the Iowa corn checkoff, conservation compliance, support of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, and the traditional rural/urban coalition approach to the Farm Bill.

The complete policy resolution book is available upon request by sending e-mail to or calling 515-225-9242.

• The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association reported that Iowa cattle producers who want to enroll their seedstock bulls and heifers in the evaluation program managed by the ICA can make their reservations now.

Both consignment and private reservations for fall-born and spring-born bulls will be taken through Sept. 27, or until pens are full. Heifer reservations can be made through Nov. 22 or until pens are full.

Details for program requirements can be found at More information is available at 515-296-2266 or