Former Iowa Secretary of Agriculture

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The Passing of Former Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey

February 6, 2024 | Brock Johnston

Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) leadership have released the following statements today following news of the passing of former Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey:

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of former Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. Bill was a proud farmer, public servant and passionate promoter of Iowa agriculture. His leadership and deep understanding of the issues have had an enormously positive impact on the lives of Iowa farmers and their communities. We extend our deepest condolences to the entire Northey family.”

– Suzanne Shirbroun, ISA president and soybean farmer from Farmersburg

“I join with so many Iowans in mourning the loss today of a good friend, colleague and mentor with the sudden passing of Bill Northey. I was fortunate to get to work alongside Bill over the years on a host of issues of importance to Iowa agriculture and the farmers we both served. In every case, Bill brought his passion for production agriculture and his love of the State of Iowa. He had an incredible ability to tell the story of modern agriculture in a way that allowed him to personally connect with audiences domestically and around the world. Our prayers are with Cindy and the entire family.”

– Kirk Leeds, ISA chief executive officer


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The Iowa Soybean Association ( is “Driven To Deliver” increased soybean demand through market development and new uses, farmer-focused research and results, timely information and know-how and policy initiatives enabling farmers and the industry to flourish. Founded in 1964 by farmers to serve farmers, ISA is governed by a board of 22 farmers to advocate on behalf of the state’s 40,000 soybean producers, including more than 15,000 ISA farmer members and industry stakeholders.