GARNER, Iowa – Fourth-generation farmer and State Ag Secretary Bill Northey had breakfast with over 100 students and farmers on Wednesday.
It was the seventh annual agriculture breakfast and seminar in Garner.
Northey was the speaker of the event and said that gatherings like this are a great opportunity for motivating and encouraging farmers about the seasons to come.
“The world needs the things that we produce here in Iowa,” Northey said, “we’ve seen that as it has impacted prices over the last five or 10 years, and then you see the technologies that are coming as well and we continue to hear from students about how exciting that is.”
Students with the Garner-Hayfield-Ventura FFA Chapter helped to host the event and had A number of opportunities to speak with Northey, ask him questions, and understand his perspective on the future of agriculture.
Because Iowa is such an important farming state for the U.S., Northey said that hearing from students and understanding what their learning about in class is one of the best ways of knowing what the future will hold
“They wonder whether or not this is going to be something that they are going to be able to get paid for, whether there was the income there or not and whether it was going to change over time and right now agriculture brings all those types of things.”
This week marks national agriculture awareness week, something Northey holds near and dear to his heart.
He said that seeing everyone coming together to talk about farming and what this season will hold was inspiring, and he is hopeful that this growing season is bigger and better than ever.