"Spring is a great time in Iowa and presents tremendous opportunities to enjoy nature and take pictures," Northey said. "Iowans did such a great job capturing the beautiful harvest season last fall and I can't wait to see the photos that are posted of spring. Like last fall, this contest is open to everyone regardless of age or photography experience, I expect we will see a number of breathtaking photos."
The contest starts immediately and will run through May 31. The photos will be judged on the number of "likes" each photo receives and the winner will receive an award certificate from Secretary Northey, naming them the first spring winner of what the Department hopes to be an annual event.
Last fall, Sharon Roberts, from Marengo was the winner of the department's first "Facebook Fall Fun Photo Contest." Robert's photo, which shows her son and grandson "Taking a little break", earned 119 "Likes" you can see Robert's and all photos on the department's Facebook page.
Northey, a corn and soybean farmer from Spirit Lake, is serving his second term as Secretary of Agriculture. His priorities as Secretary of Agriculture are promoting the use of science and new technologies to better care for our air, soil and water, and reaching out to tell the story of Iowa agriculture.