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Longevity & Sustainability the keys to successful Iowa Farms

Dustin Hoffmann talks with Iowa Ag Secretary Mike Naig at Iowa State Fair. Photo by Anna Hastert

“Longevity” and “sustainability” are terms we know all too well in agriculture. The two seem to practically go hand in hand. Nowadays you need to find a way to be sustainable in your operation if you are wanting to achieve longevity. At the Iowa State Fair farmers of both categories are being honored.

Audio: Full interview with Iowa Ag Secretary Mike Naig at Iowa State Fair

Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig stopped in our booth to talk about the environmental awards being handed out to producers at the Iowa State Fair. The environment is a key issue in the coming elections, and Naig says farmers can show the public the efforts they are putting forth to sustain the environment for generations to come.

Naig also talked about the century and heritage farm awards. Iowa celebrates the farms which have been in the same family for 100 and 150 plus years. Of all the changes in technology and genetics, the farm is the only witness to the level of change we have seen.

Now more than ever, sustainability and longevity are things farmers are thinking about. If we can learn one thing, these farms have endured, highs and lows, wars and depression, and even mother nature. They are a testament to the grit and determination of the American farmer.

Of course, you cannot talk to the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture at the Iowa State Fair without bringing up fair foods. Secretary Naig tells us what his go-to is almost every day.

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