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 earn awards for 2013 activitiees

Only four of the 15 active members of the Youth Beef Team (YBT) earned enough points during 2013 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 awards.

Anna Ehlers, Buena Vista County, was the highest point winner, reaching the Gold level (60-74 points) by earning 60 points. She did 11 activities that reached 15,478 people.

The other YBT members that earned awards all qualified at the Bronze level (25-39 pts.). They are Allison Kolbe (31 pts.) and Ben Kolbe (37 pts.), both of Sac County; and Austin Whited (33 pts), Cherokee County.

Those who complete at least five programs qualify for the Commitment Level, which was the recognition given to Will Hurd, Sac County.

Here’s a list of all active YBT members in 2013. In total, they presented 44 educational and promotional activities about beef and cattle production that reached 73,943 people. On Jan. 1 of each year, YBT members wipe the slate clean and begin anew on counting the activities and audiences of their presentations.

If you or young people you know would like to be trained for YBT, contact Matt Deppe at Matt@iabeef.org, or call him at 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.