Branstad: Hagie a national leader in precision ag
CLARION – Hagie Manufacturing Inc, in Clarion, hosted Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds on April 14 giving the two Iowa leaders a sneak peak at its state-of-the-art manufacturing plant, ending their time with a question and answer session with the company’s leadership team.
The governor said he has been associated with the Hagie family since 1976, working with Ray Hagie during the 1976 Ronald Regan presidential campaign.
He said he is getting to know the third generation of the Hagie family and is impressed with the company’s growth.
“This great company has come so far in just the last few years,” he said. “They continue to reinvest profits back into the company.
“They look at the whole person, what they can do for their family and their community, not just what (employees) can do for Hagie Manufacturing.
“That is a healthy mentality and Hagie is not only a big deal for Clarion, but for the state of Iowa.”
Branstad and Reynolds said one of their top priorities for the state of Iowa is economic development and want to work alongside companies like Hagie.
Reynolds urged the company’s leadership team to participate in the Iowa STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – program.
STEM Reynolds said, allows Iowa to explore careers related to those program areas and help them to know how to advance their education in those areas by getting a hands-on experience.
“I am a big believer in these internships,” she said. “It also helps them feel comfortable in these industries as well.”
Working alongside Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey on a voluntary nutrient reduction strategy, Branstad said he’s pleased with work Hagie is doing to help producers with their goals of reducing nutrient loss from their fields.
“Through precision agriculture,” Branstad said, “a lot can be done and we are interested in being your partner on that.”
Reynolds said, “We encourage farmers to use good management practices in a voluntary, scientific-based nutrient program in ways to reduce runoff.”
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