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Registration open for Live Healthy Iowa Kids Track Championships

Register now through Thursday, May 10, 2018, for the Live Healthy Iowa Kids Track Championships.

The Live Healthy Iowa Kids Track Championships event was founded in 2015 to continue the tradition of the Hershey® Track and Field Games in Iowa. Like its predecessor, the Live Healthy Iowa Kids Track Championships is a no-fee state-wide event that requires no special equipment to participate. Local meets are hosted all around Iowa, giving participants a chance to compete in their hometowns. Local meet champions will have the opportunity to participate in the state meet held in Marshalltown.  

The Iowa City event, hosted by Iowa City Parks and Recreation, will be held on Friday, May 18 at Raffensperger Track, Bates Field (City High), located at 1900 Morningside Drive. The track will open at 5 p.m. for warm-ups; races begin at 5:45 p.m.

Youth must be age 9-14 to participate. Participants must compete in his/her age division based off of what age the participant is as of December 31, 2018. All athletes must reside in Iowa, and can only participate in one local meet or they will be disqualified from meet in-progress and shall not advance to the state competition.

Volunteers are needed! Iowa City Parks and Recreation is looking for volunteers to help with the meet. If you are interested, contact Matt Eidahl at

For more information or to register, visit


WASHINGTON, Iowa – Republican candidate for Iowa secretary of agriculture Craig Lang said the trade skirmish that has prompted China to impose a 25-percent tariff on U.S. pork is bad for the Iowa economy and he called on federal officials to “find a solution to get us back on the right track.”


China imposed a tariff on U.S. pork and more than 100 other products in response to tariffs that President Trump imposed on Chinese steel and aluminum. The United States is the world’s top pork producer and Iowa is the nation’s top pork-producing state. More than $1 billion of U.S. pork was shipped last year to China.


Lang said trade embargoes and tariff wars hurt America’s reputation as a reliable producer of agriculture products and drive customers to other sources, such as Brazil and the European Union.


“Iowa’s farmers have always stepped up and done what’s right for our country, but all too often they get stepped on by government policies that hurt their ability to produce and make a living,” said Lang, a fifth-generation dairy, beef and crop farmer from Poweshiek County. “Once again, federal policies are hitting agriculture hard. Farmers already have enough unpredictability in their lives with the weather and other factors. I hope the Trump administration will ease tensions, take action that encourages China to remove its tariff on pork and other agricultural products and foster the type of free trade that benefits American agriculture instead of hurting it.”


“Farmers are already struggling with profitability; they shouldn’t be forced to shoulder the burden of tariffs,” said Lang, a former Iowa Farm Bureau Federation president. “I would encourage the current administration to recognize the impact this situation has already had on the agriculture sector and the extremely negative effects it will have going forward. The administration needs to find a solution to get us back on the right track in short order.”


For more information on Lang and his candidacy, visit

Craig Lang to participate in Tuesday candidate forum in northeast Iowa

BROOKLYN, Iowa – Iowa secretary of agriculture candidate Craig Lang will participate in a candidate forum on Tuesday at the Arlington Community Event Center in Arlington in northeast Iowa. 

The “Decision 2018 – Faces of Iowa Agriculture” event, sponsored by the Iowa Corn Growers Association, will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a meal. Chip Flory of KOEL Radio will moderate. The event is open to the public. 

“I look forward to addressing any and all topics the moderator chooses. If it’s important to Iowans, it’s important to me,” said Lang, a fifth-generation family farmer and cattleman from Brooklyn, Iowa. “There are many topics that unite us all as Iowans, including soil health, water quality and rural economic success. If I’m elected Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, I will address and advance each of those issues.” 

Lang 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 Lang and his candidacy, visit

New Iowa License Plates to be Released in Coming Weeks

Iowa License PlateIOWA  —  Iowa’s new license plate design will soon be seen on cars around the state.

The new look was voted on during the Iowa State Fair last August.

The Des Moines Register reports the first eight counties to receive the new plates–due to low inventory–will have them within the next two weeks. The new plates are expected to reach all county treasurers’ offices by summer.


Eastern Iowa cities embrace medical marijuana

Safe, legal cannabis products may soon be coming to a dispensary near you.

State regulators are considering applications for medical marijuana dispensaries across the state, including one each in Cedar Rapids, Coralville and Iowa City.

Five dispensary licenses could be granted later this year by the Iowa Department of Public Health, part of the state’s fledgling medical marijuana program approved by state lawmakers last year.

We are encouraged to see strong interest in offering medical marijuana in Eastern Iowa, and even more pleased our local officials are supportive of the prospective businesses.



GOP ag secretary candidate bolsters Midwest governors’ RFS sentiment


URBANDALE – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Candidate Craig Lang said today that “any and all attempts” to weaken the Renewable Fuel Standard must be blocked.


Lang said he stands with Gov. Kim Reynolds, who sent a letter to President Donald Trump today thanking him for his support of the RFS and urging him to reject proposals designed to weaken or waive “this key pillar of the farm economy. Four other Midwestern governors -- Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard -- signed the letter with Reynolds.


“Ethanol and biodiesel supported 46,864 jobs throughout Iowa’s economy at the end of 2017. These industries generated $2.4 billion in income for Iowa’s households and accounted for more than $5 billion in the economy and 3.4 percent of Iowa’s gross domestic product,” sad Lang, a fifth-generation farmer from Brooklyn who was the first to announce his candidacy for Iowa’s top ag post. “Iowa is not only the nation’s top corn grower, but also leads the nation in corn-based ethanol production with a record output of 4.2 billion gallons from 43 refineries in 2017. As secretary of agriculture, I’ll work hard to defend the RFS against the virtually non-stop attacks from Big Oil and its allies.”


Lang, a Poweshiek County dairy farmer who served as president of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation for 10 years, announced his candidacy last fall. He has traveled throughout the state for the past five months to share his commitment to improve Iowa’s soil health, water quality and rural economy. 


For more information on Lang and his candidacy, visit

Walmart, Kroger promised to switch to cage-free eggs. Obscure Iowa law could stop them.

Companies from McDonald’s to Walmart have recently flocked to cage-free eggs, fueling a national sales boom for a product many believe is more humane.

But in Iowa, the country’s largest egg-producing state, there are fears the trend has gone too far. And this week, lawmakers there passed an unusual bill that would require many stores to stock eggs from caged chickens – a move designed to stop retailers from phasing them out.

Although the law would only apply to stores’ Iowa locations, it’s intended to address a growing national dilemma. The country’s largest grocery chains have committed to cage-free eggs, sending shock waves through the industry – but consumers aren’t buying like they were expected.


Iowa DNR and National Wild Turkey Federation to offer Learn to Hunt classes

POLK CITY, Iowa – As spring nears, three basic “Learn to Hunt” classes for those interested in turkey hunting will be offered at the DNR’s Butch Olofson Shooting Range in Polk City.

The free, three-part series will give participants basic knowledge needed to begin turkey hunting, knowledge on communication with turkeys and decoy setups pertaining to the phases of breeding season, and knowledge on how to pattern your shotgun before hitting the field.

“Hunting plays an important role in conservation and provides thousands of Iowans with safe, fun quality recreation each year, said Megan Wisecup, DNR hunter education administrator. “Whether you are a novice or a skilled hunter, these learn to hunt workshops will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to get started or to increase your confidence and success while hunting.”

Class Schedule:

Turkey Hunting Basics - March 27 - 6:00PM - 8:30PM

Turkey Calling 101/Decoy Set-Up - April 3 - 6:00PM - 8:30PM

Patterning Your Shotgun for Spring Turkey Season - April 10 - 6:00PM - 8:30PM

Registration is free and limited to 40 participants per class. Sign up is available for single sessions or all three sessions in the series, but it is not mandatory to attend all three sessions.

The DNR will be offering similar "Learn to Hunt" classes later this summer or early fall, partnering with Delta Waterfowl and Pheasants Forever.

For a list of all education opportunities through the DNR’s Hunter Education program, visit:

Iowa Senate approves online learning change: Bill expands opportunities for home-school kids

DES MOINES — The Iowa Senate passed and sent Gov. Kim Reynolds legislation Monday that would allow home-schooled students to take online courses without enrolling in a public school or an accredited private school.

Senate File 2131 was approved 50-0 after senators accepted changes made by the House, which passed the bill 60-39 last month.


Craig Lang Congratulates Bill Northey on Senate Confirmation to USDA Role

DES MOINES − Craig Lang, the first candidate to file this year to run for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, congratulated the current officer holder, Bill Northey, on his confirmation this morning to a U.S. Department of Agriculture post.


Northey's appointment as undersecretary for farm production and conservation has been on hold for months when it was blocked by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, because of Cruz's opposition to federal ethanol mandates. Lang said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue made "an excellent decision" when he chose Northey for the position and praised Northey for remaining resolute throughout the drawn-out process.


"It's disappointing that things took so long and Bill deserves a tremendous amount of credit for standing his ground in the face of Senator Cruz's action. Bill is going to do an outstanding job in Washington, D.C., on behalf of our country's farmers and ranchers," Lang said. "He understands what it takes for farmers to be productive and profitable, he understands the need to conserve our natural resources and he understands how government works," Lang said. "When you put all that together, I know Bill will hit the ground running and make a lasting impact across our country. This is a great day for Iowa and for our nation's farmers and ranchers."