Naig visits Lubben farm

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig (right) and Dave Lubben of Monticello share a light moment during Naig’s Sept. 15 visit to the Lubben farm. Naig was there to acknowledge Lubben’s recent Conservation Farmer of the Year award. (Photo by Pete Temple)

Posing for a photo on the Lubben farm are (from left) Dave Lubben, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig and Dave’s daughter Lydia Grant. (Photo courtesy of Lael Robinson)

   Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig paid a visit to Dave Lubben of Lubben Oak Farms in Monticello Sept. 15.

   “I’m here to brag about you,” Naig quipped, referring to the recent Conservation Farmer of the Year awards Lubben recently received from the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and the Jones Soil and Water Conservation District.

   Naig and Lubben talked about the farm, about drought conditions in various parts of the state, and other topics, before they joined several others in a tour of the farm to look at Lubben’s conservation practices.

   Both Naig and Lubben said that when it comes to drought, this part of the state has been fortunate.

   “We’re not going to complain, I’ll guarantee you that,” Lubben said.

   Naig added: “When I talk to somebody from over in this part of the state, I say, ‘How is it?’ and they (abruptly) say ‘Fine. I don’t want to talk about it, I don’t want to jinx it, and I don’t want anybody to think I’m bragging.’ ”

   Naig also took time to acknowledge the importance of conservation practices such as those Lubben has employed.

   “This whole connection between livestock and conservation, it’s all circular,” Naig said. “We want to make sure we’re telling that story about that great connection.”




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