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.

Youth Beef Team members working on 2014 activities

Twenty-eight Youth Beef Team (YBT) members have reported activities during 2014 as they work to qualify for a year-end reward. They receive points for coordinating or presenting at educational and promotional events about beef and cattle production, and then submitting a timely report about the activity. YBT members must complete and report at least five activities during the year to qualify for the year-end awards.

The award levels are Diamond - 100 or more points; Platinum - 75-99 points; Gold - 60-74 points; Silver - 40-59 points; Bronze - 25-39 points; and Commitment - completing 5 activities. On Jan. 1 of each year, YBT members wipe the slate clean and begin anew on counting the activities and audiences who are reached by those activities.

Here’s a list of all active YBT members reporting so far in 2014. 

If you or young people you know would like to be trained for YBT, contact our Youth Beef Team at YBT@iabeef.org, or call 515-296-2266.


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.