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MANLY, Iowa – On his way to visiting all 99 counties in the state, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey makes a few stops in north Iowa including one in Manly.
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey is talking conservation, and what is being done in some Iowa backyards to keep the land and soil in the best shape it can be in.
One way that’s happening is with the “windbreaking” technique.
It’s something secretary Northey says would be a great addition to any community.
“It’s like a road, it’s like a bridge. It’s something that we do that’s semi-permanent that’s going to be here often long after we’re here and these are the right kinds of things for the state and for people to invest in,” said Northey.
Windbreaks are anything from a row of trees to shrubs, planted to block the wind, and prevent soil erosion.
If planted properly, windbreaks can cut the cost of heating and cooling as well as save energy.
It’s a project Jason Kisner of Manly has been working on for some time.
“We started it 20 years ago and it’s starting to come along and it’s kind of nice to have him stop by and see how things are going and actually notice some of the work that’s been going on around here. It’s been a long process but it’s starting to pay off,” said Kisner.
Both Kisner and secretary Northey believe what’s most important is the lasting impression a windbreak can leave.
“It’s just something that’s gonna last many years for my kids or whoever else comes along and hopefully it will still be here,” said Kisner.
“Small cost to get them started, a lot of work to keep them giving but a lot of enjoyment by lots of folks that aren’t even around yet,” said Northey.
Secretary Northey continues his tour on Tuesday by making stops in Lyon, Sioux and O’Brian counties.
The stops include a visit to a cheese plant as well as breakfast with farmers.