Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey announced that he will be visiting the three Northwest Iowa counties subject of a potential lawsuit by Des Moines Water Works on Tuesday, Jan. 20 and Wednesday, Jan. 21. During the visits Northey will visit with community leaders and highlight the significant investment made by farmers in these counties to protect water quality.

"Iowa farmers have invested millions of dollars of their own money to help improve water quality. We need to build on this momentum and work together. Sensationalized rhetoric and threats of litigation are not the answer to help us achieve our joint goals of improved water quality in Iowa," Northey said.

On Tuesday, Jan. 20, Northey will visit with Calhoun County residents at the Calhoun County Expo Building, 400 High St. in Rockwell City and with Sac County residents at the Sac County Conservation Center, 2970 280th St. in Sac City. On Wednesday, Jan. 21, Northey will visit with Buena Vista County residents at King's Pointe Resort, 1520 East Lakeshore Dr., in Storm Lake.

The details of Northey's visits follow here:

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

Calhoun County - 2:00 p.m., visit with farmers and community leaders in Calhoun County, Calhoun County Expo Building, 400 High St., Rockwell City

Sac County - 4:00 p.m., visit with farmers and community leaders in Sac County, Sac County Conservation Center, 2970 280th St., Sac City

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

Buena Vista County - 8:00 a.m., visit with farmers and community leaders in Buena Vista County, King's Pointe Resort, 1520 East Lakeshore Dr., Storm Lake

Northey, a corn and soybean farmer from Spirit Lake, is serving his third term as Secretary of Agriculture. His priorities as Secretary of Agriculture are promoting the use of science and new technologies to better care for our air, soil and water, and reaching out to tell the story of Iowa agriculture.