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4-H Exhibitors Awarded in Iowa State Fair Meat Goat Show PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 12:29

DES MOINES, IA (08/23/2012)(readMedia)-- Lyn Claussen of Long Grove exhibited the Grand Champion Meat Goat in the 4-H Market Meat Goat show judged Thursday at the 2012 Iowa State Fair. The goat was first named the Division Two Champion.

The Reserve Grand Champion Market Meat Goat banner went to Eric Taylor of Bouton and his Division One Champion.

Additional results below:

Champion Market Meat Goat Division 1: Eric Taylor, Bouton

Reserve Champion Market Meat Goat Division 1: Lakota Larson, Jefferson

Champion Market Meat Goat Division 2: Lyn Claussen, Long Grove

Reserve Champion Market Meat Goat Division 2: Frankie Mittag, Aplington

Champion Market Meat Goat Division 3: Frankie Mittag, Aplington

Reserve Champion Market Meat Goat Division 3: Eric Taylor, Bouton

"Nothing Compares" Iowa State Fair. The 2012 Fair ended August 19. The 2013 Iowa State Fair is set August 8-18. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit iowastatefair.org.

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Ag Secretary Vilsack Announces Rural Economic Development Funding PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA Office of Communications   
Friday, 24 August 2012 15:33
Support Will Create and Retain Employment in Rural America

WASHINGTON, August 22, 2012 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of recipients for grants and loans to help spur economic development and create or save jobs in six states.

"This funding will help rural businesses obtain the financing they need to thrive, grow and create jobs," Vilsack said. "These grants and loans are part of the Obama Administration's ongoing commitment to ensure that rural communities attract capital investments that lead to business development and job creation."

The announcement was made in North Carolina on the Secretary's behalf by Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager. USDA Rural Development is providing assistance through the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program (REDLG), which provides zero-interest loans to local utilities that they, in turn, pass through to local businesses for projects to create and retain employment in rural areas. For more information about the program, please visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_redlg.html.

Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation in Brunswick County, NC, has been selected to receive a $1 million loan to help the Rural Consumer Services Corporation complete energy efficiency improvements. The funding is expected to create nine, full-time direct jobs and save an additional three full-time jobs.

In Reno, Kan., Ark Valley Electric Cooperative Association, Inc. will use a $160,000 loan to purchase the Haven Foodliner Grocery Store in the city of Haven, Reno County. As a result of the purchase, nine jobs will be retained and the small city of Haven will retain its only grocery store.

The REDLG program continues to bring economic opportunity to rural communities. In South Carolina, Piedmont Technical College (PTC) needed funding to connect the McCormick County center to a unique fiber optic interactive network called the Piedmont Educational Network (PEN) and to relocate the PTC McCormick County Center to a larger facility. In 2010, RD provided a $500,000 Rural Economic Development Loan to West Carolina Rural Telephone Cooperative, Inc., which, in turn, made a loan to PTC to relocate and renovate its McCormick County Center. The PTC McCormick County Center moved from a 2,200-square-foot log cabin to a much-larger, newly renovated facility. The new classrooms allow students to participate in classes locally, rather than commuting. PTC is able to offer an expanded program with much-needed broadband access for students and the public.

In Napoleon, N.D., KEM Electric received a $450,000 REDLG loan in 2011 to assist Green Iron Equipment expand its service shop. The company services farm equipment and was able to add 15,000 square feet to its shop and create five new jobs.

With today's announcement, USDA is investing nearly $3.6 million to spur economic growth. The following is a list of rural utilities that will receive funding, which is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the loan or grant agreement.

Iowa

  • Hawkeye Tri-County Electric Cooperative – $500,000 loan. This project will help Lime Springs Beef, LLC, build a 13,000-head-per-year beef slaughtering plant in Lime Springs, Iowa. This project will create 41 new jobs.
  • Laurens Municipal Light & Power Plant – $300,000 grant. Laurens will add $60,000 to the funds to create a $360,000 revolving loan fund. The revolving loan fund will make a loan to Laurens Care Center to assist with the renovation of the facility. An estimated 35 jobs will be saved.

Kansas

  • Ark Valley Electric Cooperative Association, Inc. – $160,000 loan. This project will help purchase Haven, Kansas' only grocery store. As a result of the purchase, nine jobs will be retained.

Mississippi

  • South Mississippi Electric Power Association – $1,000,000 loan. These funds will be used to purchase machinery and equipment and to finance the construction of a 57,600-square-foot industrial peanut-buying facility in Clarksdale, Miss. The project will lead to 10 new jobs upon completion and 23 seasonal jobs.

North Carolina

  • Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation – $1,000,000 loan. This project will provide financing to Rural Consumer Services Corporation, which will then utilize the funds as working capital to complete energy efficiency improvements. The project will create nine full-time direct jobs and help save an additional three full-time jobs.

Oklahoma

  • Caddo Electric Cooperative, Inc. – $400,000 loan. These funds will be used to help Kimball and Company, LLC expand an existing veterinary clinic. This project will create or save a total of 18 jobs.

South Dakota

  • Dakota Energy Cooperative, Inc. – $300,000 grant. Funds will be used to construct a 50,000-square-foot commercial building under the direction of the Greater Huron Development Corp. for Economic Development, in Huron, S.D. The building will attract businesses that will create new jobs in the area. The project is estimated to retain up to 10 jobs.

President Obama's plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President's leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America's economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA's investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $172 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.

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IOWA FARM BUREAU ANNOUNCES 2012 FRIENDS OF AGRICULTURE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laurie Johns   
Friday, 24 August 2012 11:57

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – Aug. 22, 2012 – The Iowa Farm Bureau Political Action Committee (PAC), guided by statewide grassroots input from 98 Iowa counties, has made their ‘Friend of Agriculture’ designations for the 2012 elections. Candidates seeking national offices this fall have been selected by the state’s largest grassroots farm organization based on their support of Farm Bureau policy, voting record and support for Iowa’s rural communities.

“Actions matter,” said Dallas County farmer and IFBF PAC Chair, Rod Collins. “Our PAC carefully evaluates the candidates’ track records to determine who has demonstrated support for our farmers and issues that directly impact their families, businesses and communities.  It’s a process that emphasizes Farm Bureau policies over partisan politics.  The fact that 98 counties participated in the process shows our members are committed and focused on strengthening agriculture and rural Iowa.”

Long-time Congressmen Steve King and Tom Latham were designated Friends of Agriculture in newly-drawn U.S. House Districts 4 and 3, respectively.  Newcomer Ben Lange from Quasequeton, Iowa, was designated for U. S. House District 1.

The grassroots effort to designate Friends of Agriculture is guided by members and begins in July when county committees start evaluating candidates. The nine-member, bipartisan PAC committee reviews evaluations and questionnaires, while also considering candidates’ positions on issues of importance to members, leadership on Farm Bureau priorities and past voting records.

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About Iowa Farm Bureau

The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is a grassroots, statewide organization dedicated to helping farm families prosper and improve their quality of life.  More than 153,000 families in Iowa are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve economic growth, educational improvement, and environmental quality in their communities.  For more information about Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit the online media center at www.iowafarmbureau.com.

 
Moore Claims Grand Champion Banner in State Fair's 4-H Market Beef Show PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Monday, 20 August 2012 14:55
DES MOINES, IA (08/19/2012)(readMedia)-- The crossbred steer shown by Trevor Moore of Lisbon captured the highly coveted Grand Champion banner in the 4-H Market Beef Show Wednesday at the 2012 Iowa State Fair.

Moore's steer was named Division 2 Champion Crossbred Market Steer in the drive to the Grand Championship.

James Gradert of Sibley showed the Champion Charolais Steer. His steer was also named the Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer.

The Champion Market Heifer was shown by Macey Goretska of Corydon. Elizabeth Jones of Williamsburg exhibited the Reserve Champion Market Heifer. The Third Place Overall Market Heifer was shown by Kade Killmer of Perry.

Dustin Lund of Corning exhibited a Champion Chianina Steer which won the Third Place Overall banner. Fourth Place Overall went to the Reserve Champion Division 2 Crossbred steer of Danielle DeLange of Albia, while Fifth Place Overall was earned by the Champion Maine-Anjou Steer shown by Morgan McDermott of Atlantic.

Additional results below:

Market Steers:

Angus Champion – Taylor Duckett, New Liberty

Angus Reserve Champion – Olivia Johnson, Prole

Any Other Breed Champion – Ashley Iehl, Central City

Any Other Breed Reserve Champion – Jenel Wenndt, Lowden

Charolais Champion – James Gradert, Sibley

Charolais Reserve Champion – Jordan Reed, Lenox

Chianina Champion – Dustin Lund, Corning

Chianina Reserve Champion – Gracie Russell, Prescott

Hereford Champion – Tyler Krebs, Okoboji

Hereford Reserve Champion – Austin Deppe, Maquoketa

Limousin Champion – Mara Anderson, Garner

Limousin Reserve Champion – Bailey Walrod, Moorland

Maine-Anjou Champion – Morgan McDermott, Atlantic

Maine-Anjou Reserve Champion – Abby Staudt, Rockford

Shorthorn Champion – Jessica Kramer, Farmersburg

Shorthorn Reserve Champion – Jenna Rohret, Solon

Shorthorn Plus Champion – Alex Alliger, Gowrie

Shorthorn Plus Reserve Champion – Madison Snyder, Bloomfield

Simmental Champion – Sophie Hansen, Adel

Simmental Reserve Champion – Cale Smith, Indianola

Crossbred Division 1 Champion – Evan Friesth, Adel

Crossbred Division 1 Reserve Champion – Trace Ticknor, Bridgewater

Crossbred Division 2 Champion – Trevor Moore, Lisbon

Crossbred Division 2 Reserve Champion – Danielle DeLange, Albia

Crossbred Division 3 Champion – Jordyn Burco, Independence

Crossbred Division 3 Reserve Champion – Seth Plendl, Kingsley

The Grand and Reserve Champion Market Steers, as well as the Champion and Reserve Champion Market Heifers and 10 other livestock champions, will be auctioned in the prestigious Sale of Champions on Saturday, August 18, at 2 p.m. in the Penningroth Media Center of the Cattle Barn. The event is sponsored by the Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement, a non-profit organization established to encourage the pursuit of agriculture-related careers by Iowa's youth.

"Nothing Compares" to the 2012 Iowa State Fair, August 9-19. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines, and are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day of the Fair. Exhibit hours may vary. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit iowastatefair.org.

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Ribbons Awarded in Iowa State Fair Sheep Shearing Competition PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Monday, 20 August 2012 14:54

DES MOINES, IA (08/19/2012)(readMedia)-- Contestants battled for top honors in the Iowa State Fair Sheep Shearing contest judged Saturday, August 11, at the 2012 Iowa State Fair.

Each contestant sheared four sheep in the preliminary round and an additional four in the finals.

Complete results follow:

AMATEUR

Shearing

1) Emily Chamelin, Westminster, Md.

2) Nayeri Club Lambs, Bondurant

3) Raelan Schweinefus, Mitchellville

4) Ben Daniels, Eldora

Best Pen

1) Emily Chamelin, Westminster, Md.

2) Raelan Schweinefus, Mitchellville

3) Nayeri Club Lambs, Bondurant

Fastest Time

1) Ben Daniels, Eldora

2) Nayeri Club Lambs, Bondurant

3) Emily Chamelin, Westminster, Md.

JUNIOR

Shearing

1) Weston Hyllested, Circle Pine, Minn.

2) Quentin Ackerman, Sac City

3) Eli Joslyn, Muscatine

Best Pen

1) Weston Hyllested, Circle Pine, Minn.

2) Quentin Ackerman, Sac City

3) Eli Joslyn, Muscatine

Fastest Time

1) Weston Hyllested, Circle Pine, Minn.

2) Quentin Ackerman, Sac City

3) Eli Joslyn, Muscatine

SENIOR

Shearing

1) Kevin Hickman, Larchwood

2) Bruce Sellers, Chariton

3) Alex Moser, Larchwood

4) Dan Ackerman, Sac City

5) Nolan Abel, Royal

6) Mike Hagens, Mandan, N.D.

7) Rocky Anderson, Griswold

8) Mark Hoogendoorn, Rock Rapids

9) Mike Holdeman, Reasnor

10) Brandon Buelt, Elk Horn

11) Dave Tometich, Muscatine

12) Lee Buelt, Exira

13) Justin Schau, Donnellson

Best Pen

1) Bruce Sellers, Chariton

2) Alex Moser, Larchwood

3) Nolan Abel, Royal

Fastest Time

1) Mike Holdeman, Reasnor

2) Mark Hoogendoorn, Rock Rapids

3) Alex Moser, Larchwood

"Nothing Compares" to the 2012 Iowa State Fair, August 9-19. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines, and are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day of the Fair. Exhibit hours may vary. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit iowastatefair.org.

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