Date: 9/5/2017 12:00:00 AM

Title: ICA pleased with Northey's appointment to USDA

Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey's appointment as undersecretary for farm production and conservation, at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  The position is one of three created by new USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. Northey will oversee the Farm Service Agency, Risk Management Agency and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

"Secretary Northey has served Iowa farmers well for over ten years, focusing on a balance between production agriculture and conservation efforts like the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy," said Iowa Cattlemen's Association CEO, Matt Deppe. "His accomplishments in Iowa have prepared him well and we are excited to see him continue his work in Washington, DC."

Northey is one of many Iowans who have represented agriculture at the federal level. Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack served as Secretary of Agriculture for 8 years during the Obama administration, and Former Governor Terry Branstad was recently appointed as the US Ambassador to China, where he began immediately strengthening the agricultural trade relationship between the two countries.

About the Iowa Cattlemen's Association: The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association represents nearly 10,000 beef-producing families and associated companies dedicated to the future of Iowa’s beef industry. ICA’s mission is “Grow Iowa’s beef business through advocacy, leadership and education.”