There’s been a shake up at the top of one of the state’s largest farm organizations. Craig Hill of Milo was elected Thursday as the new president of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, bumping Craig Lang of Brooklyn out of the leadership position he had held for the last ten years.
Hill raises hogs, corn and soybeans in Warren County and had been the group’s vice president for the last 10 years. Lang was asked for comment on the election by Radio Iowa and responded that he needs a couple of days to sort things out before doing an interview.
A Farm Bureau spokesperson says the new president, Hill, is not available for comment at this time.
The delegates to the IFB’s convention also elected Joe Heinrich of Maquoketa to fill the vice president’s slot left open by Hill’s move up. Heinrich raises beef and dairy cattle and grows corn, soybeans and hay on his Jackson County farm.
While the Iowa Farm Bureau has been active in agriculture issues, it also expanded its scope in Lang’s tenure to include things such as being a major sponsor for the Iowa high school state championships in Iowa boys and girls athletics.
The IFB released this statement from Craig Hill on the election: Hill Statement PDF
Photo courtesy of the IFB.