Iowa will host the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) annual meeting this week. Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey is currently serving as NASDA President. He says they are expecting about 40 state secretaries and commissioners of ag from across the national this week as well as officials from USDA, EPA and FDA. The focal point of the meeting will be water quality and includes a technology expo and the Hypoxia Task Force is gathering to talk about solutions for the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.
Northey says the group will also talk about the economic impact of the drought in the U.S.
On Wednesday Iowa will also host a Presidential Forum in Des Moines to look at the ag policy of President Obama and Candidate Mitt Romney.