The Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation held their Youth Beef Team scholarship competition at the Iowa Cattle Industry Headquarters in Ames recently. Five YBT members competed in this year's event, and three $1,000 scholarships were awarded to YBT graduating seniors.
The daylong competition was in two sessions. Participants were interviewed by a panel of judges and asked to give presentations on issues of importance to the beef industry. This year's winners are Rachel Herr of Fontanelle, daughter of Paul and Virgina Herr; Daweyn Albertsen of Toledo, son of Franklin and Becky Albertsen; and Lukas Schrodt of Prole, son of Dennis and Marlyce Schrodt. Finalists are Josh Fangmann of Rowley and Chet McGregor of Nashua.
The YBT is a foundation sponsored program that trains and educates future beef industry advocates to positively promote Iowa's beef industry. Team members complete a training session provided by a beef industry staff member. The training equips them to conduct beef promotional activities in their own and surrounding communities.
A special thank you to the judges: Norm Ziskovsky, beef producer from Swisher and current ICF Treasurer; Dresden Petty-Wulf, a former YBT member from Hudson; and Ann Witt-Whitaker, a former YBT member from Ames.
"As a beef producer, I am thrilled to be a part of this competition. These outstanding young people represent the future of the cattle industry and our support of them is critical to agriculture in Iowa," says Ziskovsky.
The Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit entity providing scholarship opportunities and educational programs for current and future cattle producers. Key areas of work include youth programs and environmental stewardship projects. The ICF sponsors the YBT scholarships and has awarded more than $44,000 in scholarships to date.