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.