Mike Naig

Cyberattack on meat giant has Iowans looking to fortify defenses

BY: - June 2, 2021

A ransomware attack on the world’s largest meatpacking company this week drew attention to the need for more cybersecurity in agriculture. JBS plants across the U.S., including two in Iowa, had moved toward reopening at full capacity late Wednesday after a cyberattack on servers. The White House said a Russian crime organization is likely to […]

Experts: China boosts U.S. ag exports, sales on record pace

BY: - April 21, 2021

Iowa is seeing a surge in exports of corn, soybeans and pork, largely because of purchases by China, experts told an Iowa Economic Development Authority webinar audience Wednesday.  That in turn means a bullish outlook for the agriculture economy in Iowa and the rest of the United States after a year of disruptions that grew […]

Ag secretary: Environmentalists’ alarm on Raccoon River was ‘propaganda’

BY: - April 15, 2021

Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig on Thursday labeled as “propaganda” a national environmental group’s listing of the Raccoon River as one of the nation’s most-endangered.  “That so-called report was a bit of propaganda, I think,” Naig said of the American Rivers report this week.  “It was obviously a Washington D.C.-based advocacy organization. They can go […]

Experts: Iowa’s drought likely to last through crop season

BY: - March 5, 2021

Iowa’s drought is likely to last at least through the early part of the crop season, a panel of experts said this week. “It is very possible that we will have some ongoing drought issues throughout the year,” said Dennis Todey, director of the Midwest Climate Hub at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Spring rains […]

Naig: State looks to boost smaller meat processors, connect farmers with schools

BY: - February 19, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the need for more aid to small- and medium-sized meat processors and added work to connect farmers with customers online and at farmers’ markets, Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig said Friday. Naig told the Iowa Farmers Union he called a meat locker to get a steer processed, and the appointment is […]

Governor’s ethanol mandate has some powerful groups fuming

BY: - February 15, 2021

What Gov. Kim Reynolds saw as a chance to expand Iowa’s nation-leading biofuels industry has turned into a high-octane political fight among some of the most powerful interest groups in the state. Reynolds is proposing to require ethanol and biodiesel at all convenience stores and other retailer fuel outlets. Her plan would allow just one […]

Iowa ag secretary: Biden’s waterway regulations could hurt farm interests

BY: - January 22, 2021

Democratic President Joe Biden spent part of his first week in office inserting himself into one of agriculture’s hottest policy debates, the fight over which waterways will be protected under the Clean Water Act.  Biden’s initial executive orders included one that threw out Republican President Donald Trump’s order. Trump’s action led to new rules that […]

U.S. ag secretary, in Iowa, announces new derecho aid for 18 counties

BY: - September 3, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, on a tour of Iowa derecho damage and conservation practices Thursday, designated 18 Iowa counties as primary natural disaster areas. That qualifies farmers in those counties to apply for emergency loans in the wake of the Aug. 10 derecho. Gov. Kim Reynolds had applied for the aid. Perdue signed […]

Reynolds allocates $100 million in federal funds to help farmers, ag companies

BY: - August 25, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Tuesday she will use $100 million in federal pandemic relief aid to help farmers and ag industries recover from related market disruptions. “Iowa is at the foundation of our global food supply chain and the epicenter of the renewable fuels industry,” Reynolds said in a statement.  “COVID-19 and a devastating […]

Farm interests optimistic after Trump pit stop in Iowa

BY: - August 18, 2020

Iowans are hopeful that President Trump will deliver more aid to the state and solve a financial headache for the ethanol interest after a half-hour discussion in a Cedar Rapids plane hangar.  Trump said he would personally talk to his top staffers about responding to the portion of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ $3.99 billion derecho damage […]

USDA extends pandemic-related aid payments to liquid-egg industry

BY: - August 12, 2020

Federal officials this week said they will provide coronavirus-related aid to producers of liquid eggs, a victory for Iowa’s congressional delegation.  Iowa is one of the nation’s top producers of eggs, 70% of which are sold in liquid form. Iowa’s U.S. senators and state officials had appealed to the U.S.Department of Agriculture to ensure liquid-egg […]

Iowa ag secretary: Central third of state’s crops damaged

BY: - August 11, 2020

The central third of Iowa’s cropland was heavily damaged, as were grain bins that would have held tens of millions of bushels of corn, Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig said Tuesday. Naig said some of the corn and soybean plants in the east-west band across the state will survive and produce grain, but it’s too early […]