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Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey outlined the Department's 2018 budget proposal in a public budget hearing with the Governor on Monday.


Northey requested $500,000 for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship's Animal Industry Bureau to help prepare for and potentially respond to a foreign animal disease outbreak.


Northey also supports the proposal passed last year that would give nearly $500 million through 2029 for water quality efforts in the state.


He asked for $6.75 million for conservation cost shares in 2018, $1.8 million to close Agriculture Drainage Wells, and $150,000 from the Technology Reinvestment Fun to begin the process of updating Iowa Commercial Pesticide License database systems.


Northey says even though it's a tough time in the budget for the state, it's important to keep investing into Iowa's agriculture valued at nearly $13.5 billion.