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Students Can Apply For Beef Scholarships

Students Can Apply For Beef Scholarships

Opportunity awaits Iowa high school juniors and seniors interested in cattle and beef production. More than $7,500 is available at Beef Scholarship Extravaganza.

High school juniors and seniors in Iowa who are interested in cattle and beef production will take home more than $7,500 in scholarships from the Beef Scholarship Extravaganza that will be held Dec. 16 in Ames.

The event is organized and hosted by the Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation as an educational opportunity for high school students. Teams of 2 to 3 students compete at ten different stations that will test skills and knowledge of specific cattle and beef issues. The teams with the highest combined scores will qualify for scholarship dollars, which will then be matched by several Iowa colleges.

"Simply put, the Beef Scholarship Extravaganza is the best contest any of my students participate in during their high school years," says Maquoketa FFA advisor Gary Bruns. Bruns regularly brings teams to the Extravaganza.

Opportunity awaits students at Beef Scholarship Extravaganza

"Every part of the contest is related to real life and requires the student to learn and demonstrate skills they'll use in high school, in college and most importantly, in life. Students always tell me it was well worth all the work," he says.

Team registrations are due by Nov. 1, 2011. Students can organize teams based on high school, FFA, 4-H, county or beef breeds affiliation to compete for the scholarships. Any adult can serve as the team's advisor.

Station protocols, as well as registration information and contest rules can be found at; then click on the Extravaganza link on the left side of the page. For mmore information on the contest contact Krista Frazee at Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation at  or 515-296-2266.

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

About the Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation:  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. The ICF 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.

NOTE: Nominations are due November 1 for ICA Hall of Fame

In other beef news, nominations for the Iowa Cattlemen's Association Hall of Fame award are due November 1, 2011. The award annually honors a person who has contributed a great deal of time and effort in promoting the beef and cattle industry of Iowa.

Iowa has long occupied a dominant position in the cattle industry. As a leading state in number of cattle fed and in beef cow numbers, the Iowa cattle industry has relied upon the dedication and foresight of many people. The Hall of Fame award recognizes them for their role of keeping cattle production viable in Iowa.

The award will be presented at the ICA Annual Convention, Dec. 12-14 at The Meadows Event & Conference Center in Altoona. "We encourage ICA members to consider nominating anyone their county has recognized in the past 3 to 5 years," says Trent Wellman, ICA membership manager. "What better way to honor a valued member than to nominate them for the ICA Hall of Fame?"

Nomination forms can be found on ICA website or by calling ICA

The selection committee will consider the nominees' overall contribution to the cattle and beef industry on the local, state and national levels through their career. Also, activities and leadership in other groups or organizations will also be reviewed. Besides the nomination form, also include any photographs, newspaper clippings, letters of recommendation, etc. to support the nomination.

Nominations from the past three years that were not selected are still in contention so you would not nominate them again, he explains. Nomination forms can be found on the ICA website,; look under the Membership drop-down menu and click on Awards. Nomination forms can also be mailed out by calling the ICA offices at 515-296-2266. The most recent Hall of Fame recipient was Daryl Strohbehn of Boone.
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