Bill Northey & USDA

Alexander Rony filed this request with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship of Iowa.
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From: Alexander Rony

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Iowa Open Records Law (Code Chapter 22), I hereby request the following records:

Secretary Bill Northey's email and letter correspondence with the following entities between January 1, 2013 and June 2, 2017: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Monsanto, Syngenta, DuPont, Koch Industries, and Dow Chemical (including subsidiary Dow AgroSciences).

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, please inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I am willing to pay up to $35. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Alexander Rony
Sierra Club

From: Vande Hoef, Dustin

Mr. Rony,
The charge for open records request is $25 per hour for staff time. The Department can provide the files electronically, would need to charge for the CD-ROM or memory card. Our Department would anticipate that the charge would be well above $35 due to the scale of the request, but we are not able to provide a detailed estimate. Please let me know how you would like us to proceed. Thanks.
Dustin

From: Alexander Rony

Dustin,

Would you anticipate a fee well above $35 if the request was narrowed to just one entity, such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture?

From: Vande Hoef, Dustin

Mr. Rony,
The search results are now being reviewed by our legal counsel for any confidential information and that should be completed in the next few business days. I'll share when completed. Thanks.
Dustin

From: Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

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From: Vande Hoef, Dustin

Mr. Rony,
Our office has mailed the response to the MuckRock address listed below. If you still have not received it in the next few days, please let us know and we can see about resending. Thanks.
Dustin

From: Alexander Rony

Thank you very much for updating me, Mr. Vande Hoef. I appreciate it.

Best regards,
Alexander

From: Alexander Rony

Thanks you for your help with this request. The check is in the mail. How was the search for my request conducted? I am seeing several emails between Mr. Northey and entities that I did specify, including Famous Daily, Farm Futures, Farm Progress, and Sosland Publishing.

Sincerely,
Alexander Rony

From: Vande Hoef, Dustin

Mr. Rony,
We ran a search for USDA in general in his email. We are very limited in our ability to narrow the scope of our search without risking missing some of the materials covered by the request. I hope this helps. Let me know if you need anything else. Take care.
Dustin

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