The White House announced President Donald Trump’s nomination of Northey on Friday. The 57-year-old Northey has been picked to serve as the Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation. A news release says the position was created in May as part of a re-organization at USDA.
Northey, a Republican, is in the midst of his third term as Iowa’s ag secretary.
He must first be confirmed by the U.S. Senate before he can take over the USDA post.