Secretary of Agriculture Candidate Lang: Iowa Beef Month a Reminder of Industry's Economic Value, Potential
BROOKLYN, Iowa ‒ Touting his commitment to double the state’s cattle production to energize the rural economy and capitalize on growing global demand, Iowa secretary of agriculture candidate Craig Lang today joined industry advocates in celebrating May as Iowa Beef Month.
"Iowa Beef Month is a great reminder of the industry’s value to our state and that’s why I’m committed to doubling the beef industry,” Lang said. "The beef industry in Iowa generates over $6 billion every year while employing 19,528 people and supporting another 12,789 indirect and induced jobs.. It’s an industry that made Iowa what it is and can make our entire state so much stronger in the form of jobs, investment and tax revenues.”
Lang says his proposal to double beef numbers will generate billions of dollars for the Iowa economy and play a significant role in his goal to improve the state’s soil health.
“Healthy soil is a critical component in the effort to improve our water quality by reducing runoff. Cattle provide the necessary nutrients that are the building blocks of healthy soil,” Lang said. “Increasing beef production is a win-win-win for our economy, soil and water. I’ll be the leading advocate for that cause to seize the opportunity that’s before us.”
Lang believes that nations with burgeoning middle classes know how important protein is to their diet and quality of life. "There is tremendous potential for growth when it comes to exporting Iowa beef,” he said. “As secretary of agriculture, I will be committed to finding new markets, all while strengthening existing export relationships."
Lang, a fifth-generation Poweshiek County family farmer, was president of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation for 10 years and served on the State Board of Regents. He was the first to announce his candidacy and file his papers for Iowa secretary of agriculture. For more information on Craig Lang and his candidacy, visit www.craiglangiowa.com.