Iowa Secretary of Agriculture
The Secretary of Agriculture heads the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, which is responsible for managing land and helping farmers in the state.
Directly and indirectly, agriculture has always been a major component of Iowa's economy. However, the direct production and sale of raw agricultural products contributes only about 3.5% of Iowa's gross state product. The indirect role of agriculture in Iowa's economy can be measured in multiple ways, but its total impact, including agriculture-affiliated business, has been measured at 16.4% in terms of value added and 24.3% in terms of total output. This is lower than the economic impact in Iowa of non-farm manufacturing, which accounts for 22.4% of total value added and 26.5% of total output. Iowa's main agricultural outputs are hogs, corn, soybeans, oats, cattle, eggs, and dairy products. Iowa is the nation's largest producer of ethanol and corn. Major Iowa agricultural product processors include Cargill, Inc., Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Monsanto Company, Ajinomoto, Hy-Vee, Garst Seed Company, and Heartland Pork Enterprises.
List of Iowa Secretaries of Agriculture (since 1972)
|#||Name||Image||Took Office||Left Office||Party||Notes|
|1||Robert H. Lounsberry||1972||1987||Republican|
|3||Patty Judge||1998||January 2, 2007||Democratic||First woman to hold the office|
|4||Bill Northey||January 2, 2007||present||Republican|
- What Does The Department Do?. Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Accessed July 2, 2009.
- Des Moines:Iowa Legislative Services Agency. 2007 Iowa Factbook. p. 59
- "Multiple Measures of the Role of Agriculture in Iowa's Economy".