Twenty-four young Iowa cattle producers from around the state are participating in the 2014 Young Cattlemen's Leadership Program. The Iowa Cattlemen's Association program is designed to develop personal, organizational, and community-focused leadership qualities in young producers.
The first meeting of the group focused on learning more about each other, the Iowa Beef Industry Headquarters, and meeting and talking with state agency leaders and Iowa legislators.
Participants, listed by county, are: Bremer – Bob Schellhorn, Fredericksburg; Carroll – Kyle Musfeldt, Coon Rapids, and Brian Behrens, Templeton; Cedar – Lance Schiele, West Liberty; and Clarke – Lizzy Lohr, Osceola and Jennifer Pollard, Osceola.
Clay - Cole and Mandy Danner, Curlew; Clinton – Kendall Claeys, Calamus, and Tyler Adrian, Delmar; Crawford – Robert Riesselman, Manning; Davis - Aaron Amstutz, Bloomfield; Fayette – Mark Putney, Elgin; and Fremont – Jeremy Walter, Farragut.
Also, Greene – Justin Robbins, Scranton; Hardin – Josh Hobson, Eldora; Jackson – Cody Foust, Zwingle, Brandon Moore, Maquoketa, and Isaac Sutton, Maquoketa; Jefferson – Dan Delaney, Fairfield; and Madison – Isaiah Shnurman, Prole.
Finally, Marshall, Austin Gacke, Melbourne; Montgomery – Josh Reed, Red Oak; and Sioux – Vaughan Ranschau, Rock Valley.
The second event for the group will be March 7-8. The event will be in Ames with a focus on leadership training provided by Alan Feirer of Winterset. Feirer has provided training across the country as well as with many association groups in Iowa.
The Young Cattlemen's Leadership Program members will also get together for training and meetings on June 10-11, Aug. 29-30 and Dec. 8-10, 2014.
Iowa Beef Center asks feedlot operators for feedback
In other news announced last week, Iowa feedlot operators may soon be receiving a survey in the mail from Iowa Beef Center. As part of its ongoing commitment to providing accurate and timely information to the state's beef industry, IBC is now asking the feedlot segment for opinions on a variety of topics, according to director Dan Loy. "Growth opportunities and challenges exist in cattle production, and we want to identify both of those so we can assist in profitable, sustainable growth of the industry," he said. "To do so, we need help from Iowa feedlot operators and that's why we developed this survey."
Participation is entirely voluntary and all responses will be kept in strict confidence, Loy said. Individuals who will analyze the responses will not have access to any identification of survey participants. "We place a high value on the input of producers because their firsthand knowledge and need for information will drive future research, education, and Extension and outreach programming from IBC," he said. "This in turn will assist us in meeting future needs of Iowa beef producers as well."
The survey was mailed Feb. 25, so producers in the selected group should start to receive the mailing soon. A postage-paid envelope is included for convenience, and Loy said anyone with questions is welcome to call him at 515-294-1058.
The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state's beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from ISU Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC, visit the IBC website.