AgriTalk: The Iowa Ag Secretary Race is One to Watch

May 24, 2018 09:20 AM

It might not be one of the best known races in the country, and maybe not even one of the best known in Iowa, but the race to be the new Iowa Secretary of Agriculture is one to watch.

Part of the reason the race deserves the attention is because of the man who previously held it, Bill Northey, who is now the undersecretary of agriculture for farm and foreign agricultural services with the USDA.

On Wednesday’s AgriTalk, host Chip Flory brought in all six members that are campaigning to take the job. The field includes five Republicans, which will be narrowed down to one on June 5during the primary elections and one Democrat.

The Republican list includes acting Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig, Craig Lang, Chad Ingles, Ray Gaesser, and Iowa State Senator Dan Zumbach. The lone Democrat in the race, Tim Gannon, is guaranteed a spot on the ballot for the fall elections.

On Thursday, the entire group discussed water quality issues in the state, and who they think is responsible for water quality in Iowa.

All six contenders said they believe that the quality of the water in the state lies with each individual person. Each candidate touted efforts already in effect to improve the quality of water around the state. 

The race is unique because according to Flory, the candidate are of exceptionally high quality.

“I have never seen such a quality group of individuals running for the same position, and especially for ag secretary…it really speaks well to what all of you [candidates] think of Iowa agriculture.” said Flory.

You can catch the full conversation on AgriTalk by clicking on the player above


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