Iowa Ag Secretary visits Cherokee County
Last Friday, on October 18, 2019, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig stopped in Cherokee county to see the growth and expansion of the Foundation Analytical Laboratory’s new facility on the City’s north side.
During an interview with the Chronicle Times, when Naig was asked about the recent EPA Renewable Fuels proposal, he had this to say, "As it is, this isn't acceptable. If we were to fix it, we need to deliver on what the President said and they (EPA) need to hear what is being said."
The President issued waivers to the oil industry reducing mandatory levels of ethanol in gasoline which crippled and closed several ethanol producing plants. The EPA was supposed to issue a proposal mending that action but fell well short of the promised (from Trump Administration) amount of ethanol additive going forward.
Naig was also asked on the condition of Iowa crops and what his general take was on the matter. He had this to say: "It's been a challenging year. Delays in planting due to an overall wet climate caused us to be behind 2 to 3 weeks. I'm glad that we are not in states farther east, who have had it a lot worse than us."
Naig was later questioned about the state of dairy farms and subsidized cuts. "Dairy has had a tough year. With a more open export market, with Canada and Japan for example, that should help with price support,” explained the Graettinger native.
As of late, Naig has been visiting Cherokee County rather often. When asked about his frequent visits, he said: "One goal of mine is to go to the county fair in each county in Iowa. But the main reason was to look into the Foundation Analytical Laboratory. They prove to be a good example of where people can have high tech jobs in small towns and communities."
When asked what the plan was for Iowa agriculture in the near future, Naig said "Iowa has proven to be a very productive state. We need to fight for new markets in domestic exports and renewable fuels, continue making strides in conservation, learn to produce more with fewer resources, and to bring in more careers in agriculture, nurturing that talent forward for the future.”