Bill Northey

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Bill Northey is a Republican farmer from Spirit Lake, Iowa. He was elected Iowa's Secretary of Agriculture in 2006 ( see Iowa Statewide elections, 2006). The office to which he was elected was created by statute, and can and will soon be abolished:

  1. His campaign against Democrat Denise OBrien turned virulently negative, especially at the end, earning him no friends among Democrats.
  2. The Democrats control both houses of the state legislature as well as the governor's chair; no partisan barrier precludes them from abolishing the seat.
  3. He is the only Republican elected to a statewide office in a Democratic sweep, and no Democrat has any incentive to see him use his seat as a launching pad for further political advancement.
  4. From the harshest partisan viewpoint, the sooner the elective office is abolished, the sooner Northey sinks into political oblivion.

He opposes local control of animal feed lots, a long simmering issue; instead he supports the current lax system of statewide regulation. The Iowa Farm Bureau strongly supported Northey in his campaign.

Northey graduated from Iowa State University in 1981, and he is a member of the Dickinson County Soil and Water Conservation District. He has held many leadership positions at the state and national level. He is a past President and Chairman of the National Corn Growers Association, and he served on the Iowa USDA Farm Service Agency State Committee from 2001-2005. Bill was Co-Founder and President of Innovative Growers, LLC, a farmer-owned and farmer-managed group designed to capitalize on demand for the production of specialty grain products.

Brazilian Investments

Northey sits on the Global Investment Committee of the Ag Ventures Alliance, which invested $786,000 to purchase 19,595 acres of Brazilian farmland. (Source: IA-Ag: Northey invests in Brazil’s ethanol economy instead of Iowa’s - Political Forecast blog, Oct. 31, 2006).

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