Iowa’s Northey Eyed for USDA Deputy Secretary

Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey is on the short list for the No. 2 spot at USDA, as the administration faces pressure to mollify Midwestern farmers who are still coming to terms with having a Southerner lead the department.

A handful of contenders are said to be in consideration for deputy secretary, but talk of Northey getting the position has been increasing in recent days, multiple sources familiar with the process told POLITICO. The three-term Iowa agriculture secretary, a corn and soybean farmer from Spirit Lake, checks several boxes: He hails from a Midwestern farm state, has a decade of experience implementing government farm programs and has powerful friends in the Senate….Read Full Article Here.

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