On Tuesday, March 5th, Audubon Agriculture Education students and FFA members had the pleasure of meeting with Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Naig. Secretary Naig spent part of his time with one of the Ag 1 (freshman) classes and FFA leaders discussing the future of agriculture. He answered questions from the students and listened to what was happening in the classroom. FFA officers were then able to present about the chapter’s program of activities and have a great conversation about FFA and it’s importance. Secretary Naig also listened to the members that traveled to Haiti this past January and their living to serve project. Audubon FFA President, Aaron Gust said “It was an honor to spend the afternoon with Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture. He was very genuine and wanted to hear about what was happening in Audubon.”
Secretary Naig’s visit was a part of a ‘full Grassley,’ visiting all 99 counties in Iowa. This allows the Secretary to meet people all across the state of Iowa, listen to their stories and learn about the great businesses that Iowa is home to. Secretary Naig is focused on promoting careers in agriculture, understanding that this is the key to the state’s future. Naig says, “FFA members are great to meet with because they have the passion and energy that makes them great future leaders.” Secretary Naig reminds FFA members that it’s important to be a life-long learner and they are needed and are important in the agriculture industry.
Mike Naig was elected as the 15th Iowa Secretary of Agriculture in November 2018. As the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Mike is focused on expanding our markets, promoting careers in agriculture, and improving water quality and land stewardship. March 5th was the one-year anniversary for Secretary Naig taking his oath of office.
Mike is committed to leading efforts to expand economic opportunities for Iowans and is an advocate on behalf of the hard-working men and women who keep us fed and fueled.