NU Online News Service, Dec. 5, 1:32 p.m. – FBL Financial Group Inc., West Des Moines, Iowa, says Craig Lang has taken over as chairman.

Lang, 50, is succeeding Edward Wiederstein, 53, at FBL, which is a publicly traded affiliate of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation.

Lang is also succeeding Wiederstein as president of the federation. A stockholder agreement gives the president of the federation the right to serve as chairman of FBL.

Lang is a partner in a family-owned dairy farm near Brooklyn, Iowa. He has served on the federation board since 1992.

Bill Oddy continues to serve as chief executive officer of FBL, and Melvin Rambo continues to serve as president and chief operating officer.