USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey spent some time Wednesday, December 4th, in White County speaking with local Soil Conservationists, Farm Bureau members, Farm Credit representatives, and FSA employees. A project completed by John Pat Dartt on his farm north of Carmi was recommended for Mr. Northey and his staff to visit on his tour across Illinois on Wednesday. Under Secretary Northey discussed different soil conservation practices with the group and went over some of the new items in the Farm Bill.
Under Secretary Northey is an Iowa native where he farmed with his family and served as Iowa Secretary of Agriculture until he was nominated to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services by President
Donald Trump in September 2017. He oversees the Farm Service Agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Risk Management Agency.