Mike Naig grew up on a farm near Cylinder, Iowa in the Northwest corner of the state. He is a graduate of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake with degrees in biology and political science. Naig is married to his wife Jamie and together they have three boys.
Naig has spent his entire career working in agriculture, having served in public policy roles for state and national agribusiness trade associations as well as in private industry.
As Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Naig assists in management responsibilities for the Department, focused on the areas of Policy, Budget and Personnel. He also supports the Department’s efforts to be accessible for Iowans by traveling regularly to represent Secretary Northey at meetings and events across the state.