Bill Northey to Be Featured in Iowa Learning Farms’ Aug. 15 Webinar

AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Learning Farms’ Aug. 15 webinar will feature a conversation with Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey at the Iowa State Fair. The webinar, which begins at 11:30 a.m., is part of a series, hosted by ILF, held on the third Wednesday of each month through Adobe Connect. All that is needed to participate is a computer with Internet access.

Secretary Northey will converse with ILF program managers Jacqueline Comito and Matt Helmers on the fairgrounds. The interview will cover a variety of issues including the state of agriculture today and what the future holds for Iowa farmers. Northey will be able to answer questions from webinar participants via the Adobe Connect chat box as well.

Northey is a fourth generation farmer from Spirit Lake who grows corn and soybeans. He returned to Spirit Lake to farm with his grandfather after graduating from Iowa State University in 1981. He is serving his second term as Iowa Secretary of Agriculture after being reelected in November 2010.

To connect to the webinar, go to The ILF website contains links for archived webinars from previous months at

Iowa Learning Farms is a partnership of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319); in cooperation with Conservation Districts of Iowa, the Iowa Farm Bureau and the Iowa Water Center.