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.
Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation scholarship deadline is March 15
High school seniors who have been involved in cattle or beef activities may be eligible for scholarships 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 Ambassador/Queen/Princess.
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, 2014. Here are the complete guidelines and the application guidelines.
Finalists will participate in a personal interview and presentation in Ames, scheduled for Saturday, April 12, 2014. 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 Matt Deppe, Matt@iabeef.org, or call 515-296-2266.
Iowa Cattlemen raise more than $28,000 for South Dakota Rancher Relief Fund
Iowa individuals and county cattlemen’s associations raised $28,330 for the South Dakota Rancher Relief Fund. The effort was begun by the Shelby County Cattlemen's Association, and within a month the funds were raised to assist South Dakota cattlemen impacted by the October 2013 surprise storm that killed thousands of cattle that were still on summer pasture. The donations were handled by the Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation, which donated every dollar raised to the South Dakota effort.
“The cattle industry is one I have always believed in. I believe that if something takes care of you and your family, you have a responsibility to give back and promote that livelihood.”
- Glenn Rowe, Beef Producer, Lorimor
Soil, water, sunlight and grass. . . the basics of Iowa’s beef industry. Our young people, our families and our farm-related organizations are the heart of Iowa’s rural strength.
The Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation was created to build on these strengths by giving beef industry advocates an opportunity to meet, grow and remain involved and connected to the industry.
Founded in 1994, the 17-member board of directors set forth a mission to increase public understanding of the Iowa beef industry and assist in providing educational and job opportunities for Iowa’s young people in the beef cattle business. The group established several goals:
- Increase youth educational programs.
- Provide scholarship opportunities.
- Expand beef industry internship programs.
- Enhance the beef resource and historical library.
- Increase educational offerings for producers, students and public groups.
The Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation is a non-profit 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.