Mission Statement

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.

Second year participants take home top honors in Extravaganza

A returning duo of high school seniors from North Tama and Gladbrook-Reinbeck High Schools took home the top scholarship prizes at the Beef Scholarship Extravaganza hosted by the Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation on Dec. 12. FFA students Aubree Beenken, Buckingham, and Meg Edler, Gladbrook, will each receive $1,500 in scholarship money.

Beef Extravaganza took place at the Hansen Ag Learning Center on the Iowa State University campus, and 22 teams competed. The scholarship event, which is for students interested in cattle and beef production, involved 53 high school students from around Iowa. They competed for cash scholarship awards for the top four teams that totaled $7,650. Students were challenged at 10 different stations to demonstrate their skills and knowledge.

The second place team, from Seymour Community Schools FFA, also included a second-year participant. Cendra Sebolt, Seymour, returned with a new team member, Anthony Furlin, Numa, to earn $1,125 each in scholarship money.

Maquoketa Valley FFA was the third place team. Senior Trent Westhoff, Dyersville, and junior Andrew Palmersheim, Manchester, earned $750 each. The fourth place team from Maquoketa FFA was the senior team of Cale Gent, Monmouth; Ben Kilburg, and Wade Gerlach, Delmar; each won $300 scholarships. i

Scholarship dollars won at the Extravaganza can be used at any university or community college. In addition, if the student will be attending Iowa State University College of Agriculture, Kirkwood Community College, Hawkeye Community College, Muscatine Community College, Des Moines Area Community College or Iowa Lakes Community College, those institutions offer additional matching scholarships to students on the top four teams.

Team scores at the 10 different stations were added to determine the winners. Each station tested specific skills and knowledge of the students. Teams scoring the highest number of points at each station were also awarded plaques, which were sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America. Those station winners are:

•    Handling and Health – Seymour FFA.
•    Nutrition – Tall Corn FFA; the team includes senior Joe DeVries of Sheffield and juniors Lauren Dirksen and Brooke Benning, both of Hampton.
•    Marketing – Pleasantville FFA; the team is comprised of seniors Hagen Fouch, Pleasantville, and Kiley Elder, Pella.
•    Seedstock – Maquoketa Valley FFA.
•    Keep/Cull Replacement Heifers – Pleasantville FFA.
•    Job Interview – North Tama and Gladbrook-Reinbeck FFA team.
•    Industry Issues – Seymour FFA.
•    Reproduction – Seymour FFA.
•    Credit and Finance – North Tama and Gladbrook-Reinbeck FFA team.
•    Beef Management – Mediapolis FFA team of seniors Lane Eads, Mt. Union, and Wyatt Orr and Mikala Denney, both Mediapolis.

The following schools/groups had at least one team entered in the competition:

 Atlantic FFA
 Centerville FFA
 Creston FFA
 Denison HS FFA
 La Porte- Dysart FFA #1
 Maquoketa FFA
 Maquoketa Valley FFA
 Mediapolis FFA
 Northeast FFA (Goose Lake)
 North Tama FFA and Gladbrook-Reinbeck FFA
 Pipestone Area (MN) FFA
 Pleasantville FFA
 Seymour FFA
 Sidney FFA
 Tall Corn FFA (a merged chapter of made up of the CAL and Hampton-Dumont schools)
 West Delaware FFA
 West Dubuque FFA.

Sponsors of the event are: Farm Credit Services of America; Purina Animal Nutrition, LLC; Iowa Beef Breeds Council; Iowa State University; Muir Embroidery; and Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation.

The Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation sponsors several scholarship and learning opportunities for young people. Find out more by visiting their website www.iowacattlemensfoundation.org.



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.