Ag Secretary Naig impressed with County

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Business leaders participate in roundtable

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig visited Cherokee County recently and his visit began at the Cherokee Chamber/CAEDC office where he shared lunch with leaders in agriculture from throughout Cherokee County.

In addition to representatives from CAEDC, CIC and the Chamber, attendees at the luncheon/roundtable discussion included residents representing the Farm Bureau, TenCorp, DuPont Pioneer, Cherokee County Soil and Water Conservation, and Cherokee State Bank.

Naig, accompanied by CAEDC Director Bill Anderson, alsp visited Cherokee's Foundation Analytical Laboratory where owner Diane Young gave him a tour of her state-of-the-art lab. While there, he saw firsthand the staff of 21 highly educated technicians at work. (Every analyst employed at FAL has at least a bachelor's degree and some have master's degrees in science).

He was impressed to learn that all but one of the 21 employees were raised in the area, with many of them, including Young, graduating from Washington High School in Cherokee.

Secretary Naig learned that this small-town laboratory is one of the largest contract laboratories in the nation, serving over 80 ethanol plants as well as the food, feed and municipal industries. Each of the many labs housed in the building contains the most recent, cutting-edge technical equipment.

Upon leaving the lab, Naig commented that he was very impressed with the lab, its owner and her staff and that he looked forward to hearing more about their future projects.

The final stop of his day in Cherokee County took the Secretary to the Little Sioux Corn Processors plant near Marcus. Little Sioux Corn Processors manufactures ethanol and employs 46 people. After meeting with the Board of Directors, Naig took a tour of the facility.

“At each of the Secretary's stops around the county, I heard folks voice their pleasure that he had taken the time to travel to Cherokee County to see what we have to offer by way of agribusiness opportunities and to see how his department might be of any assistance to the residents of Cherokee County,” said Bill Anderson of Secretary Naig's visit.

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