Ainsworth Youth Is Winner of Iowa Foundation Heifer Program

Ainsworth Youth Is Winner of Iowa Foundation Heifer Program

Here's an update on news from Iowa Cattlemen's Association; deadline to apply for Cattlemen's Foundation scholarship is nearing.

Sydney Black, daughter of Chris and Tara Black, Ainsworth, has been chosen as the 2013 recipient of three bred heifers awarded by the Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation and the Iowa Beef Breeds Council. This is the third year the two groups have awarded bred heifers through the Iowa Foundation Heifer program.

IOWA CATTLEMEN'S UPDATE: For the third year, the Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation and Iowa Beef Breeds Council has awarded three bred heifers to youth through its Iowa Foundation Heifer program. Also, note that the deadline to apply for the Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation scholarship is nearing. In other ICA news, three Iowa beef producers were recently appointed to national committees that oversee the national Beef Checkoff Program.

The program was initiated to help young Iowans begin foundation beef herds. In the program, the winners make a five-year commitment that culminates during their senior year in high school. Through that time period, the winners keep records on their cattle and report progress to the two sponsoring groups. At that time, they repay the program $6,000 earned from their herd. The money will be used to expand the program to more youth. Black is a seventh grader at Highland Middle School in Riverside. She is an active member of the Washington County Highlanders 4-H Club, showing both market and breeding beef projects. This honor roll student has aspirations of becoming a veterinarian. Black selected Shorthorns as her breed of choice for the heifers she's receiving. ICG and IBBC purchased Black's heifers from Bern-A-Dale Shorthorns (the Bernie Bolton Family of Oakland in southwest Iowa). Black was honored February 11, at the Iowa Beef Expo in Des Moines, which was held during the week of Feb. 10-17, 2013.

Deadline to apply for Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation scholarship is nearing

High school seniors who have been involved in cattle or beef activities may be eligible for awards from the Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation. Eligible students must graduate from high school this year, and meet any of these criteria:

* Received Youth Beef Team training,

* Completed the Masters of Beef Advocacy, or

* Served as a county Beef Queen/Princess/Ambassador.

Candidates will compete for $1,000 scholarships, and up to three scholarships will be awarded. An additional $500 will be awarded to any $1,000 scholarship winner who has completed the online course for MBA (Master of Beef Advocacy) by the time of the personal interviews in April. Applications for the scholarship must be emailed or postmarked by March 15, 2013. The complete guidelines for the applications can be found at the Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation website.~~~PAGE_BREAK_HERE~~~

Finalists will participate in a personal interview and presentation in Ames, scheduled for Saturday, April 6, 20132. Each finalist will give a five to eight minute presentation on an issue of their choice that impacts the beef industry and be interviewed by a panel of judges. Scholarship winners will be announced at the conclusion of the day's events. Questions about the scholarship program can be directed to Micki Butler, [email protected], or call 515-296-2266.

Three Iowa cattle producers named to national beef checkoff committees

In other news, three Iowa beef producers have been selected to serve on national committees to oversee the Beef Checkoff Program. The announcement was made at the 2013 Cattle Industry Annual Convention held in Tampa, Fla., February 6-9, 2013.

* Terri Carstensen of Odebolt, and Will Frazee of Emerson, will serve one-year terms on the beef promotion operating committee, which will make final budget allocations for FY 2014 national checkoff programs. 

* Dean Black of Somers was selected to serve on the executive committee of the Cattlemen's Beef Board (CBB). Black, appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, represents Iowa cattle producers on the Beef Board. Carstensen represents the Iowa Beef Industry Council on the Federation of State Beef Councils, which is an alliance of 45 state beef councils that collect the $1-per-head beef checkoff. State beef councils forward 50 cents to the national CBB and retain the other 50 cents for in-state use or to reinvest with the federation to extend national beef promotion efforts. Frazee also serves on the CBB.

Producers serving on committee oversee national Beef Checkoff Program

Each year the beef checkoff undergoes a producer-driven budget and program planning process. The operating committee, made up of 10 federation members and 10 CBB members, approves the final national plan. National programs are funded by investments from the federation (from state beef council investments) and the national 50 cents, collected through the Cattlemen's Beef Board. The operating committee will approve plans for FY 2014, which begins Oct. 1, 2013. 

The beef checkoff is a $1-per-head assessment which a majority of cattlemen voted upon themselves in 1986 to invest in advertising, beef safety research, product enhancement, new product development, foodservice and retail programs and consumer education. Importers are assessed a comparable amount for beef products they import into the United States. 

About the Iowa Beef Industry Council: The Iowa Beef Industry Council is funded by the $1-per-head beef checkoff. Checkoff dollars are invested in beef promotion, consumer information, research, industry information and foreign market development, with the purpose of strengthening beef demand. For information, visit the website.

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