Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced last week that Steve Moline has been hired to serve as division director for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Moline has worked for a number of years as an assistant attorney general in the Environmental and Agriculture Law Division of the Iowa Attorney General's office.
In his new position, Moline will oversee two of the four divisions within the state ag department. Specifically, he will oversee the Consumer Protection and Industry Services Division as well as the Food Safety and Animal Health Division. He starts in his new position on April 1, 2011.
"Steve brings the experience, passion and knowledge needed to this position that oversees the regulatory half of the Iowa Department of Agriculture," says Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. "These two divisions touch the lives of every Iowan. It is these bureaus that check the gas pumps, inspect dairy products, promote animal health and carry out a wide variety of other tasks that are vital to the quality of life in our state."
He worked on number of key legal issues on behalf of farmers
"I want to thank Attorney General Miller for giving me the opportunity for the past 20 years to help Iowa's farmers with legal issues they face," says Moline. "I'm looking forward to this new and exciting opportunity and to work with Secretary Northey and his outstanding team at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship."
Moline has worked for the Environmental and Agricultural Law Division in the Attorney General's office since 1990. In that position, he has dealt with many ag-law issues including: agricultural business insolvencies; hedge-to-arrive contracts; GMO's; production contracting; and ag-related environmental issues.
Moline was born and raised on a crop and livestock farm in Pocahontas County and graduated from Rolfe Community High School. He went on to attend Iowa State University and received a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business in 1983 from the school. He then attended the University of Iowa College of Law and received a Juris Doctor degree in 1986.
Has strong farm background and knowledge of Iowa agriculture
"We have great employees at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and I'm confident that with Steve's leadership we will continue to serve the people of Iowa efficiently and effectively," says Northey. "Steve has worked extensively with the state ag department in his position with the Iowa attorney general's office for all those years. I'm confident it will be a very smooth transition to bring him onboard to serve as division director in the ag department."
The Consumer Protection and Industry Services Division of the Iowa Department of Agriculture includes the following bureaus: Agricultural Diversification and Market Development; Entomology and Plant Science; Grain Warehouse; Horse and Dog Breeding Program; and Weights and Measures. The Food Safety and Animal Health Division includes these Bureaus: Animal Industry (State Veterinarian's Office); Dairy Products Control; Commercial Feed and Fertilizer; Meat and Poultry Inspection; Pesticide; and Iowa Laboratory.