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Former Ag Secretary Passes

Former Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey has died. He was 64. Northey was a fourth-generation farmer from Spirit Lake and an Iowa State University graduate.

Northey was reelected twice to the state post and then resigned in early 2018 after being appointed an Under Secretary in the U-S Department of Agriculture, where he oversaw the Farm Service Agency. Governor Kim Reynolds has ordered all flags in Iowa to be lowered to half-staff and they are to remain at half-staff until sunset on the day of Northey’s funeral.