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Slideshow: Wallaces Farmer presented the 2022 Iowa Master Farmer awards during the annual awards program and luncheon on March 30 in Ankeny, Iowa.

Jennifer Carrico

April 5, 2022

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Wallaces Farmer presented the 2022 Iowa Master Farmer awards during the annual awards program and luncheon, held March 30 at the Iowa FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny, Iowa.

This year’s winners include:

  • John Heisdorffer, Keokuk County

  • Jeff Jorgenson, Fremont County

  • Mark Mueller, Benton County

  • Keith Sexton, Calhoun County

  • Paul Kassel, who received the Exceptional Service Award

In 2020, the awards luncheon was canceled due to the pandemic, and those awards were presented at a fall gathering in 2021. This year’s awards program was back to normal, and many past winners and dignitaries were in attendance.

The program started in the morning with a presentation by Iowa farmers Kellie Blair of Dayton and Bryan Sievers of Stockton on Iowa Smart Agriculture and how they are making changes and improvements on their farms to be more self-sufficient and profitable.

Following lunch, first gentleman Kevin Reynolds read a letter from Gov. Kim Reynolds sharing her thoughts and congratulations to the Master Farmers, as she was unable to attend. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig discussed the importance of Iowa’s agriculture and farming legacy.

Take a look at some of the pictures from this year’s awards program.

About the Author(s)

Jennifer Carrico

Editor, Wallaces Farmer

Jennifer lives on a farm near Redfield, Iowa, where she runs a small cow-calf operation with her family. A 20-plus year ag journalism veteran, Jennifer has covered a wide range of agriculture issues. A graduate of Iowa State University, she has worked for local daily papers and other agriculture publishers. She came to Wallaces Farmer from the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association. She enjoys writing, managing cattle, and hearing and telling farmer stories.

Jennifer has two children. Kassidy, 21, attends Black Hawk East College, but will transfer in the fall to Oklahoma State University. Son, Klayton, attends Panorama High School where he excels in academics, sports, FFA and 4-H.

“My favorite part of being an ag journalist is to tell the story of the farmer and rancher,” she says. “The farmer and rancher do the work to make the food, fiber and fuel for everyone. I want to use our online presence to broaden that message to those off the farm.”

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