The Iowa Corn Growers Association and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board on November 2 announced the 18 Iowa college students who will make up the fifth Iowa Corn Collegiate Advisory Team.
The Collegiate Advisory Team is sponsored by the ICGA and the ICPB. The advisory team helps ICGA and ICPB in developing programs that target and enhance Iowa Corn's relationship with students who are pursuing careers in agriculture production, business and the industry as a whole. "Iowa Corn is very excited to work with these 18 bright students on ways we can cultivate and promote the industry," says Don Hunerdosse, who is the chair of the committee who oversees the team. "We look forward to hearing their ideas on how we can become more engaged."
The 2015/2016 Collegiate Advisory Team participants are:
· Dalton Webster, Dordt College
· Jacquie Kenyon, Ellsworth Community College (?)
· Jacob Still, Graceland College
· Jayden Van Berkum, Hawkeye Community College
· Hannah Wilson, Indian Hills Community College
· Keyton Strutzenburg, Iowa Central Community College
· Trent Taglauer, Iowa State
· Warren Bailey, Iowa State University
· Michael Barr, Iowa State University
· Mikayla Edwards, Iowa State University
· Kaitlin Ihns, Iowa State University
· Kellin Chambers, Iowa Western Community College
· Kayla Smith, Kirkwood Community College
· Valarie Hernandez, Morningside College
· Ty Schillerstrom, Muscatine Community College
· Sami Searle, Northern Iowa Area Community College
· Natalie Te Grootenhuis, Northwestern College
· Michaella Beckman, Southeastern Community College
The Iowa Corn Promotion Board works to develop and defend markets, fund research, and provide education about corn and corn products. The Iowa Corn Growers Association is a membership organization lobbying on agricultural issues on behalf of its 8,000 farmer members. Both organizations work on the joint mission to create opportunities for long-term Iowa corn grower profitability.
Iowa farmer earns White House "Champion of Change" award
In other Iowa Corn news this week, ICGA member Tim Smith received the White House Champions of Change award on October 26 in Washington, D.C. Smith farms near Eagle Grove and is a participant in the Soil Health Partnership. The award recognizes ordinary Americans doing extraordinary things in their communities. Smith was nominated because of his adoption of conservation practices and willingness to share his experience to encourage others to improve soil health and productivity.
Finishing up harvest, now moving to cover crops
Gordon Wassenaar, an ICGA member and farmer from Prairie City in central Iowa was featured last week on WHO-TV for his incorporation of cover crops on his farm. "This is Wassenaar's 62nd corn crop, but his job isn't done. He's working on ways to save his soil..."
Another successful ICGA sponsored "Blogger Tour"
The ICGA sponsored CornQuest blogger tour wrapped up this week. Bloggers from across the country traveled to Davenport, Iowa to visit Iowa farms and learn about ethanol and corn production. Bloggers had the chance to tour a local distillery, visit local farmers, hear from Dr. Ruth Macdonald (ISU) about the science behind our food and GMO's, and partake in a tailgate dinner hosted by farmer leader Dick Gallagher. A lot of great conversations happened during the tour and if you want to read more about their time in Iowa, you can search the social media tags #IACornQuest.