The agriculture community is in shock with the passing of former USDA Undersecretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. Northey, who was 64, was a farmer in northwest Iowa and former Iowa secretary of agriculture. Northey was president of the National Corn Growers Association nearly 30 years ago, one of the youngest individuals to serve in that role at the time. Two years ago, Northey was on the Red River Farm Network stage at the Big Iron Farm Show. “The struggle in agriculture in general is there’s fewer of us and sometimes we just assume good things will happen and they don’t always happen,” Northey said during the RRFN forum. “We need to be able to have a strong voice; we need to be able to make sure the people understand agriculture.” Northey was CEO of the Agribusiness Association of Iowa and was instrumental in the creation of the Midwest Council on Agriculture.
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