Secretary Naig Participates in Water Quality Event, Local Food Day

October 10 – 11, 2019

Thursday, Oct. 10 — Water Quality Event, Story Co.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Ducks Unlimited partnered to build a new conservation wetland in Collins, Iowa, as part of the state’s ongoing water quality improvement efforts. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig, Adam Putnam, CEO of Ducks Unlimited, and Mr. Kevin Reynolds will tour the completed site on Thursday afternoon. This 1,367 acre wetland will remove 17,250 pounds of nitrogen annually and 1,294 tons of nitrogen over its lifetime.

2 p.m.             Secretary Naig touring CREP wetland with the president of Ducks Unlimited

                         31812 690th Ave, Collins, IA 50055

Friday, Oct. 11 — Local Food Day

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig will be serving breakfast in the Saydel school district on Friday, Oct. 11, as part of Iowa Local Food Day. Gov. Reynolds will join Secretary Naig at the elementary school at 8:20 a.m.

  • Over 145 schools across the state have pledged to serve two or more items of Iowa-grown food on their breakfast or lunch menus in honor of Local Food Day.
  • That adds up to 9,644 locally-grown breakfasts and 80,113 locally-grown lunches served across the state on Local Food Day.
  • Saydel school district serves breakfast to around 300 elementary kids, 180 middle school kids and 140 high school kids every day.

7:20 a.m.        Secretary Naig serving breakfast at Saydel High School for Local Food Day

                         Saydel High School, 5601 NE 7th St, Des Moines, IA 50313

8 a.m.              Gov. Reynolds joins Secretary Naig to serve breakfast at Saydel Elementary School for Local Food Day

                         Saydel Elementary School, 5817 NE 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50313

8:40 a.m.         Secretary Naig joins Gov. Reynolds for the Local Food Day Proclamation signing ceremony at Saydel Elementary School




About the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

Led by Secretary Mike Naig, the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship serves the rural and urban residents that call Iowa home. Through its 12 diverse bureaus, the Department ensures animal health, food safety and consumer protection. It also promotes conservation efforts to preserve our land for the next generation. Learn more at

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