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Iowa Ag Secretary Looks Back At 2019

(RI) — Iowa Ag Secretary Mike Naig says 2019 could be characterized as a roller coaster ride for farmers — and not the kind you enjoy.

Naig says there were bright spots too — including some good yields at harvest.

Naig says one of the issues that continued in 2019 was the preparation and build up of defenses against animal diseases.

He says there is hope that the prices farmers get for their goods will increase in the new year. Naig says commodity prices have been below the cost of production or just enough to break even since 2018.

Naig hopes the pending trade deals will help with that goal of increasing demand in 2020 and lowering the amount of uncertainty.