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Lieutenant Governor Reynolds

Text of Lt. Gov. Reynolds’ remarks at USDA agriculture symposium

February 16, 2012


Governor Terry E. Branstad « Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds


EMBARGOED UNTIL DELIVERY: Thursday, February 16, 2012

Contact: Governor’s Office (515) 725-3518

Text of Lt. Gov. Reynolds’ remarks at USDA agriculture symposium


(DES MOINES) – Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today addressed the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) U.S.-China Agricultural Symposium.

The following is Lt Gov. Reynolds’ speech, as prepared for delivery, and it is embargoed until delivery at approximately 3:15 p.m. (CST) on Thursday, February 16, 2012.

Thank you Under Secretary Scuse for your kind introduction and for all of the hard work you and your team put into this symposium.

This has been a very exciting two days for the State of Iowa. 

We have renewed many old friendships and made many new friends. 

Gov. Branstad and I have been honored to host Vice President Xi, the entire Chinese delegation, and worldwide agricultural leaders. We hope our Chinese friends and agricultural leaders here today will leave with an appreciation of “Iowa nice”.

I have very fond memories of my 2 visits to China this past year.

I look forward to many future visits and to the opportunities to spend time with the many friends who have made their way to Iowa this week.

I am also excited about the mutually beneficial opportunities that have been explored during this agricultural forum. 

International trade is a win-win situation. 

Such trade empowers American farmers and agricultural producers to help feed the world.

International trade allows innovative companies like Deere & Company to spread state of the art equipment around the globe to help meet the demands of a growing and more prosperous world population.

International trade helps increase Iowa family incomes, create jobs, and encourages competition that helps Iowans maximize their purchasing power.

Governor Branstad and I will continue to pursue opportunities to increase trading opportunities around the world, including with our Chinese friends.

Our agricultural economy is vibrant and the innovation of today’s farmers and agricultural producers is truly awe-inspiring.

This World Food Prize building is a gem of Iowa and is a tribute to an Iowan, Dr. Norman Borlaug, whose legacy is remembered and celebrated around the world. I want to thank you all for participating in this important forum. 

For those of you who call Iowa home, thank you for helping nurture our important trading relationships and welcoming our Chinese guests. 

To our visitors, we hope to see you again soon, as Iowa is open for business and welcoming of friends.

I want to introduce my friend and a tremendous advocate for Iowa and US agriculture, Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey.

He truly is our State’s agriculture ambassador and an innovative leader for the agriculture industry. 

Secretary Northey currently serves as the President of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture and is a familiar face to many in this room. 

Thank you for your participation and please help me welcome Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey.