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."