Press Release

Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement

Sponsor of the Winner’s Circle Scholarships
Contact: Kayla Mensing – 641.891.3536

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DES MOINES, IOWA — The IFAA (Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement) would like to
announce the availability of our 2021 Scholarships. 2021 Winner’s Circle Scholarships are available to
Incoming Freshman and Upperclassmen who have graduated from an Iowa high school and are attending
a 2 or 4 year college or university majoring in an agricultural course of study. Selections will be made by a
committee of IFAA members and Faculty and Staff of Colleges with Agricultural Programs. Final approval
will be made by the IFAA Board of Directors. Applicants will be notified of results in July and scholarships
will be presented at the Winner’s Circle Scholarship Luncheon at the Iowa State Fair on August 21st. The
application for incoming freshman can be found at:
https://iastate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9ZG53wTbi6CRnr7 and upperclassmen can apply at:
https://iastate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eesMMTBrqhDEcDP. Applications are due by April 1, 2021.

In 2020, over $181,600 in Scholarships were presented to ninety-nine (99) Iowa youth
active in livestock and agricultural projects.

The Winner’s Circle Scholarshisp are sponsored by the Iowa Foundation for Agricultural
Advancement. IFAA, a non-profit organization, was organized in 1988 and is comprised of agricultural
enthusiasts dedicated to encouraging 4-H and FFA livestock, poultry and agriculture project members to
pursue ag related careers.

IFAA has a tradition of providing scholarships and other financial awards to college-bound youth
who have a genuine interest in remaining active in the field of agriculture after graduation from college.
More than $3,046,425 has been generated since 1988 for 2,466 Winner’s Circle Scholarships, 1,703
Performance and Carcass Awards, and 456 Sale of Champions livestock exhibitors.

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Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement Sponsor of the Winner’s Circle Scholarships

Contact:  Kayla Mensing – 641.891.3536

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

DES MOINES, IOWA —  The IFAA (Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement) would like to announce the availability of our 2021 Scholarships. 2021 Winner’s Circle Scholarships are available to Incoming Freshman and Upperclassmen who have graduated from an Iowa high school and are attending a 2 or 4 year college or university majoring in an agricultural course of study.  Selections will be made by a committee of IFAA members and Faculty and Staff of Colleges with Agricultural Programs. Final approval will be made by the IFAA Board of Directors. Applicants will be notified of results in July and scholarships will be presented at the Winner’s Circle Scholarship Luncheon at the Iowa State Fair on August 21st. The application for incoming freshman can be found at: https://iastate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9ZG53wTbi6CRnr7 and upperclassmen can apply at: https://iastate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eesMMTBrqhDEcDP. Applications are due by April 1, 2021.

 

In 2020, over $181,600 in Scholarships were presented to ninety-nine (99) Iowa youth active in livestock and agricultural projects.

 

The Winner’s Circle Scholarshisp are sponsored by the Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement.  IFAA, a non-profit organization, was organized in 1988 and is comprised of agricultural enthusiasts dedicated to encouraging 4-H and FFA livestock, poultry and agriculture project members to pursue ag related careers.

 

IFAA has a tradition of providing scholarships and other financial awards to college-bound youth who have a genuine interest in remaining active in the field of agriculture after graduation from college.  More than $3,046,425 has been generated since 1988 for 2,466 Winner’s Circle Scholarships, 1,703 Performance and Carcass Awards, and 456 Sale of Champions livestock exhibitors.

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2020 WINNER’S CIRCLE AWARDS – OFFICIAL RESULTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

DES MOINES, IOWA —  Despite the cancellation of the 2020 Iowa State Fair, the Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement (IFAA) continued its commitment to Iowa 4-H and FFA youth. This year, the Foundation presented Winner’s Circle awards to support the champion and reserve champion animals in the Special Edition Shows. A total of sixteen (16) livestock champions were given monetary awards at the 2020 Fair Special Edition: Iowa 4-H and FFA Livestock Show. The results are as follows:

The Grand Champion 4-H Market Steer was exhibited by Dalton Shanks of Colfax, IA.  Dalton was awarded $27,000 by Corteva Agriscience/Pioneer and ISF Beef Champion Supporters with support from Rodgers Cattle Company, Kevin Kent Construction and Lettow Show Pigs.

The Reserve Grand Champion 4-H Market Steer was exhibited by Clair Lauterbach of Van Meter, IA. Clair was awarded $21,500 from Fareway Meat & Grocery and ISF Champion Beef Supporters with support from Mid Iowa Seeds LLC, AgriVision Equipment Group and Timmins, Jacobsen & Strawhacker.

The Grand Champion 4-H Market Heifer was exhibited by Ryland Shalla of Riverside, IA. Ryland was awarded $31,000 from Hy-Vee and ISF Beef Champion Supporters with support from Eldon C. Stutsman Inc., Sinclair Tractor and Southeast Iowa Insurance.

The Reserve Grand Champion 4-H Market Heifer was exhibited by Macy Killmer of Perry, IA. Macy was awarded $21,000 from ISF Beef Champion Supporters and Dennis and Susan Albaugh.

The Grand Champion FFA Market Hog was exhibited by Clarie Petzenhauser of Roland, IA. Claire was awarded $14,000 from Hy-Vee with support from Phibro Animal Health.

The Reserve Grand Champion FFA Market Hog was exhibited by Melanie Lane of Elkader, IA. Melanie was awarded $18,500 from Hog Slat with support from Hanor/Crown Prairie and JBS-Live Pork, Holmes Livestock Logistics and Kurt Steinkamp.

The Grand Champion 4-H Market Hog was exhibited by Keely Malone of Winfield, IA. Keely was awarded $14,000 from Fareway Meat & Grocery with support from Cargill/Provimi.

The Reserve Grand Champion 4-H Market Hog was exhibited by Macy Jacobson of Osceola, IA. Macy was awarded $8,750 from Elanco Animal Health with support from Weichman Pig Co.

The Grand Champion FFA Market Lamb was exhibited by Phoebe Sanders of Clarion, IA. Phoebe was awarded $4,000 from Kemin Animal Nutrition & Health.

The Reserve Grand Champion FFA Market Lamb was exhibited by Oliver Dies of Ames, IA. Oliver was awarded $6,000 from Lucta USA with support from Global Vet Link, First National Bank, McKinney Seed and WG Provisions.

The Grand Champion 4-H Market Lamb was exhibited by Sam Schmillen of Marcus, IA. Sam was awarded $4,000 from Hy-Vee with support from Nathan Club Lambs, Berry Farms and Cherokee State Bank.

The Reserve Grand Champion 4-H Market Lamb was exhibited by Colby Williams of Winneshiek County. Colby was awarded $1,500 from Smokey D’s BBQ.

The Grand Champion FFA Meat Goat was exhibited by Nick Deppe of Maquoketa, IA. Nick was awarded $1,500 from Luana Savings Bank.

The Grand Champion 4-H Meat Goat was exhibited by Jadyn Joyce of Graettinger, IA. Jadyn was awarded $9,000 from Swine Genetics International with support of West Fork/Pioneer Hi-Bred, Channel Bio Seed – Mark Sikora and Energy Panel Structures, Inc.

The Grand Champion 4-H Market Broilers were exhibited by Simeon Buie of Batavia, IA. Simeon was awarded $3,000 from Central Iowa KFC Inc. – Kevin Schlutz.

The Reserve Grand Champion 4-H Market Broilers were exhibited by Hannah Muir of Humboldt, IA. Hannah was awarded $8,750 from Ankeny Sanitation Inc. – Andrew Larson with support from Case IH, Washaway Bay – Emmetsburg and Red Power Team.

In addition to the Winner’s Circle Awards, $180,600 in Scholarships were given to ninety-eight (98) youth active in the livestock and agricultural industry, while $17,350 was presented to sixty (60) Performance and Carcass Award winner’s this year.

These awards and scholarships are sponsored by the Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement (IFAA), a non-profit organization. The IFAA was reorganized in 1988 and is comprised of agricultural enthusiasts dedicated to encouraging 4-H and FFA livestock, poultry and agriculture project members to pursue ag related careers.

IFAA has a tradition of providing scholarships and other financial awards to college-bound youth in Iowa who have a genuine interest in remaining active in the field of agriculture after graduation from college.  More than $9,228,575 has been generated since 1988 for 2,367 Winner’s Circle Scholarships, 1,551 Performance and Carcass Awards, and 456 Champion livestock exhibitors.

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IFAA Announces 2020 Raffle Winners

FOR RELEASE SEPTEMBER 10, 2020

GREENFIELD, IOWA —  The IFAA (Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement) would like to announce winners of their 2020 IFAA Raffle. The winners were:

  • 1st Prize $3,000  Tim Mohrfeld – Clive, IA
  • 2nd Prize $2,000  Jim Rothermich – Des Moines, IA
  • 3rd Prize $1,000  Scott Mineart – Earlham, IA
  • 4th Prize $1,000  Craig Boelling – Cumming, IA
  • 5th Prize $500    James Brock – West Des Moines, IA
  • 6th Prize $500   Merlyn Hall – Alden, IA
  • 7th Prize $500   Steve Tomlinson – Cambridge, IA
  • 8th Prize $500   Steph Lilienthal – New Liberty, IA
  • 9th Prize $250    C.W. Thomas – Guthrie Center, IA
  • 10th Prize $250  Jason McVicker – Cambridge, IL
  • 11th Prize $250  Rob Ries – Eden Prairie, MN
  • 12th Prize $250  Aaron Wagner – Eagle Grove, IA

Three hundred tickets were sold by IFAA Board members and associates.  Proceeds benefit the Winner’s Circle Scholarship program sponsored by the Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement.

For more information, please contact Kayla Mensing, IFAA Administrative Secretary, at 641-891-3536 or admin@ifaa.org

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Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement Continues Commitment to Youth

For Release July 2, 2020

Greenfield, IA – Despite the cancellation of the 2020 Iowa State Fair, the Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement (IFAA) will continue its commitment to Iowa 4-H and FFA youth. This year, the Foundation will present Winner’s Circle awards to support the champion and reserve champion animals in the Special Edition Shows.

“With the cancellation of the Iowa State Fair and our Sale of Champions, normally held at the end of the Fair, we wanted a way to support these youth who worked so hard on their livestock and poultry projects,” stated Mike Doran, IFAA Sale Manager and Director. “The generosity of our corporate donors made this awards program possible.”

IFAA will also continue their generous scholarship program with a recognition event later this fall. Over $100,000 is being awarded to nearly 100 youth attending a two or four year college this fall.

Here are the Winner’s Circle guaranteed minimum awards IFAA will present to all grand and reserve champion winners:

  • Grand Champion 4-H Market Steer $7,000; Reserve Grand Champion 4-H Market Steer $4,000
  • Grand Champion 4-H Market Heifer $7,000; Reserve Grand Champion 4-H Market Heifer $4,000
  • Grand Champion 4-H Market Hog $7,000; Reserve Grand Champion 4-H Market Hog $4,000
  • Grand Champion FFA Market Hog $7,000; Reserve Grand Champion FFA Market Hog
  • Grand Champion 4-H Market Lamb $3,000; Reserve Grand Champion 4-H Market Lamb $1,000
  • Grand Champion FFA Market Lamb $3,000; Reserve Grand Champion FFA Market Lamb $1,000
  • Grand Champion 4-H Meat Goat $1,000; Grand Champion FFA Meat Goat $1,000
  • Grand Champion 4-H Market Broilers $1,500; Reserve Grand Champion 4-H Market Broilers $500

IFAA is continuing its tradition of collecting additional funds for these winning exhibitors through our Local Support effort. Individuals may make contributions to their local winners through the Foundation’s link https://ifaa.org/donate.php In addition, the sale committee is striving to gather additional funds from more sponsors.

The Foundation is pleased to be able to continue to fulfill its mission of providing scholarships, financial awards and incentives for Iowa’s youth involved in livestock projects. These youth work hard to present outstanding livestock and poultry and the opportunity to present these Winner’s Circle awards is important to IFAA.

For more information or interviews, please contact: Mike Doran, Sale Manager at 515-230-8586 or mdoran@swinegenetics.com or Kayla Mensing, Administrative Secretary at 641-891-3536 or admin@ifaa.org

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TWO RECORDS SET AT 2018 IOWA STATE FAIR SALE OF CHAMPIONS

TWO RECORDS SET AT 2018 IOWA STATE FAIR SALE OF CHAMPIONS

With a final swing of the gavel, the Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement (IFAA) raised $382,500 for the 16 exhibitors of 4-H and FFA Grand and Reserve Champion livestock in the Sale of Champions Saturday at the 2018 Iowa State Fair.

 

Two champion records were broken during the 2018 Sale.

 

The Grand Champion 4-H Market Hog stole the show breaking an all-time record for all species at $61,000. The Reserve Grand Champion 4-H Market Steer also broke a record for the specific species at $60,000.

 

Participants in the Sale of Champions were asked to find hometown support. The purchaser in the auction paid the difference between local support and the final sale price. Each participant in the sale takes home a check for 75 percent of the animal’s sale price. The IFAA keeps 25 percent to fund the scholarship program and cover Sale expenses. In addition to their earnings, the exhibitors of the Grand Champion 4-H Market Steer, Grand Champion 4-H Market Hog, Grand Champion FFA Market Lamb and Grand Champion 4-H Breeding Heifer earn the use of a new aluminum livestock trailer for one year courtesy of Featherlite, Inc., of Cresco, Iowa. The Grand Champion 4-H and FFA Market Meat Goats receive aluminum toppers.

 

In addition to the sale, the IFAA awarded $188,500 in scholarships as well as performance and carcass awards presented prior to the Sale, for a total $596,650 for young livestock exhibitors. Since the inception of the Sale of Champions in 1988, the IFAA has given out more than $8 million through Sale proceeds and scholarships to deserving youth participating in agricultural-related projects and interested in agricultural-related careers.

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