Iowa Secretary Of Agriculture
From Agricultural Roots
Mike Naig grew up on a family farm in the northwest corner of the state near Cylinder, Iowa and he continues to be involved in the operation today.
Mike is a graduate of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake with degrees in biology and political science. He and his wife Jaime have three boys.
Mike was elected as the 15th Iowa Secretary of Agriculture in November 2018 and was reelected in November 2022. He previously served as the Deputy Secretary at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.
In a state where agriculture is a leading economic driver, Mike knows that protecting our air, soil and water is essential to our success. He works with initiatives that encourage public-private partnerships and leads efforts that will protect our natural resources.
Focused on the Future of Iowa Agriculture
As Secretary, he is committed to lead efforts to expand economic opportunities for Iowans and is an advocate on behalf of the hard-working men and women who keep us fed and fueled.
Attracting and retaining talent in Iowa agriculture is a reoccurring topic during his 99 county visits and Mike believes we need to continue to engage young people and encourage them to pursue rewarding careers in agriculture.
As the Secretary of Agriculture, he is focused on the following commitments:
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Grant Menke, Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig appointed Grant Menke as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture in January 2023. Prior to joining the Department, Menke worked for the Iowa Corn Growers Association and Iowa Corn Promotion Board as Vice President of Market Development. Before that opportunity, he worked as the State Director for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development. He has also worked as the Policy Director for Iowa Renewable Fuels Association and held a position on the United States Senate Finance Committee staff of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley. A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Menke was raised on a corn and soybean farm near Calumet in rural O’Brien County. Today, he lives in Ankeny with his wife, Susie, and their four boys. As Deputy Secretary, Menke is responsible for the operations of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, focusing on policy, budget, and personnel.