New officers and a new employee will work to increase the funding abilities of the Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation. The purpose of the ICF is to support educational and scientific activities dedicated to the improvement of beef production and marketing practices.
For the first time, ICF has hired a program coordinator to manage its fundraising and educational activities. Krista Frazee, a native of Emerson in southwest Iowa and recent graduate of Iowa State University, will also assist the Iowa Beef Industry Council with its youth and education activities.
At its March organizing meeting, the ICF also elected new officers. They are Kevin Carstensen, Odebolt, president; Lee Faris, Mount Ayr, vice president; Sparky Wellman, Bonaparte, secretary; and Norm Ziskovsky, Swisher, treasurer. Others newly elected to the board of directors are Joanne Tupper, Ionia; Jason Carolan, State Center; and Ed Greiman, Garner.
ICF, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), is financially supported through three major areas: Iowa sales of the Cattlemen Care license plates, an auction held annually with the Iowa Cattlemen's Association Annual Conference, and through private donations. Some programs supported by the foundation are the Youth Beef Team, the Young Cattlemen's Leadership Program, and scholarships available through a variety of organizations with cattle and beef programs.
About the Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation: The mission of the Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation is to enhance the public perception of the Iowa cattle industry and to assist in providing educational and economic opportunities for Iowans in the cattle business. The ICF is a nonprofit organization with 501(c)3 status, defined as exempt by the IRS for payment of federal income taxes as a group organized for charitable, religious, scientific, literary or educational purposes.