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Sumner Farm Wins Champion Ewe at Iowa State Fair Shropshire Show PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Monday, 20 August 2012 14:50

DES MOINES, IA (08/19/2012)(readMedia)-- Madison Kirchmann of Sumner showed the Champion Ewe in the Shropshire Sheep show judged Thursday at the 2012 Iowa State Fair.

Chris Whittaker of Laura, Ill., exhibited the Champion Ram.

Dalton Hicks of Stillwater, Okla., showed both the Reserve Champion Ewe and the Reserve Champion Ram. Hicks also placed third in the Premier Exhibitor contest.

WEG Shropshires and I-80 Flocks of Geneva, Neb., placed first in the Premier Exhibitor contest, and SS Shrops of Davenport took second.

The Premier Exhibitor award is given to the exhibitor who scores the most points based upon class placings during the breed's show.

Additional results below (names, hometowns and animal identification):

Yearling Ram

1) SS Shrops, Davenport, SS Shrops, 2/5/2011, 443288

2) WEG Shropshires and 1-80 Flocks, Geneva, Neb., 3/3/2011

Shorn Yearling Ram

1) WEG Shropshires and 1-80 Flocks, Geneva, Neb., 10/16/2010

2) Emily Anderson, Macon, Mo., Af 196, 2/1/2011, 444272

Fall Ram Lamb

1) SS Shrops, Davenport, SS Shrops, 9/21/2011, 445704

January Ram Lamb

1) Madison Kirchmann, Sumner, RueberShrops1206 NNRR, 1/17/2012, M445997

2) WEG Shropshires and 1-80 Flocks, Geneva, Neb., 1/27/2012

3) SS Shrops, Davenport, SS Shrops, 1/1/2012, 445705

February Ram Lamb

1) Chris Whittaker, Laura, Ill., Whittaker 1209, 2/1/2012, M445667

2) SS Shrops, Davenport, SS Shrops, 2/12/2012, 445712

3) Emily Anderson, Macon, Mo., E Anderson 3, 2/13/2012, Pending

4) Jackson Musselman, Mabel, Minn., Sugar Ridge Cee Lo Rr Nn, 2/11/2012, M445899ram

5) Anderson Farms, Macon, Mo., Af 209, 2/21/2012, Pending

6) WEG Shropshires and 1-80 Flocks, Geneva, Neb., 2/1/2010

7) SS Shrops, Davenport, SS Shrops, 2/2/2012, 445710

March and After Ram Lamb

1) Sugar Ridge Ranch, Viroqua, Wis., Sugar Ridge Channel Cat Rrnn, 3/30/2012, M445902

2) WEG Shropshires and 1-80 Flocks, Geneva, Neb., 3/1/2012

3) Emily Anderson, Macon, Mo., E Anderson 4, 3/13/2012, Pending

4) Madison Kirchmann, Sumner, RueberShrops, 3/3/2012, pending

5) Anderson Farms, Macon, Mo., Af 215, 3/7/2012, Pending

6) SS Shrops, Davenport, SS Shrops, 3/3/2012, 445713

Shorn Ram Lamb - All Ages

1) Dalton Hicks, Stillwater, Okla., D. Hicks 12-04, 3/25/2012, M 446454

2) WEG Shropshires and 1-80 Flocks, Geneva, Neb., 2/17/2012

3) Sugar Ridge Ranch, Viroqua, Wis.

4) SS Shrops, Davenport, SS Shrops, 2/12/2012, 445711

Pair of Ram Lambs

1) WEG Shropshires and 1-80 Flocks, Geneva, Neb.

2) Sugar Ridge Ranch, Viroqua, Wis.

3) Madison Kirchmann, Sumner

4) Emily Anderson, Macon, Mo.

5) SS Shrops, Davenport

6) Anderson Farms, Macon, Mo.

Yearling Ewe

1) Madison Kirchmann, Sumner, Rueber Shrops 1101 NNRR, 1/2/2011, M445990

2) Dalton Hicks, Stillwater, Okla., Rife 11-058, 1/11/2011, M443430

3) WEG Shropshires and 1-80 Flocks, Geneva, Neb., 10/15/2010

4) Dalton Hicks, Stillwater, Okla., Avery's 11-29 Bell, 1/26/2011, M443948

5) WEG Shropshires and 1-80 Flocks, Geneva, Neb., 10/13/2010

6) Sugar Ridge Ranch, Viroqua, Wis., Avery's 11-42 Alma, 3/1/2011, M443955

7) Chris Whittaker, Laura, Ill., Whittaker 1101, 1/2/2011, M443389

8) SS Shrops, Davenport, CLSF, 2/20/2011, 443527

Shorn Yearling Ewe

1) Madison Kirchmann, Sumner, Rueber Shrops 1112 NNRR, 2/21/2011, M 445989

2) Chris Whittaker, Laura, Ill., Whittaker 1107, 3/2/2011, M443394

3) WEG Shropshires and 1-80 Flocks, Geneva, Neb., 2/16/2011

4) Sugar Ridge Ranch, Viroqua, Wis.

5) SS Shrops, Davenport, Rolling Hills, 2/10/2011, 445474

6) WEG Shropshires and 1-80 Flocks, Geneva, Neb., 2/16/2011

Pair of Yearling Ewes

1) Dalton Hicks, Stillwater, Okla.

2) Madison Kirchmann, Sumner

3) WEG Shropshires and 1-80 Flocks, Geneva, Neb.

4) Chris Whittaker, Laura, Ill.

5) Sugar Ridge Ranch, Viroqua, Wis.

6) SS Shrops, Davenport

Fall Ewe Lamb

1) Dalton Hicks, Stillwater, Okla., D. Hicks 11-10, 10/14/2011, M446448

2) WEG Shropshires and 1-80 Flocks, Geneva, Neb., 10/25/2011

January Ewe Lamb

1) Dalton Hicks, Stillwater, Okla., Mrozinski 12-07, 1/22/2012, M446057

2) SS Shrops, Davenport, SS Shrops, 1/19/2012, 445687

3) Sugar Ridge Ranch, Viroqua, Wis., Sugar Ridge Susan Rrnn, 1/11/2012, M445897

4) Madison Kirchmann, Sumner, Rueber Shrops 1201 NNRR, 1/5/2012, M445987

5) Dalton Hicks, Stillwater, Okla., Rife 12-030, 1/3/2012, M445740

6) Chris Whittaker, Laura, Ill., Whittaker 1201, 1/3/2012, M445662

7) SS Shrops, Davenport, SS Shrops, 1/1/2012, 445687

8) WEG Shropshires and 1-80 Flocks, Geneva, Neb., 1/26/2012

February Ewe Lamb

1) Chris Whittaker, Laura, Ill., Whittaker 1210, 2/1/2012, M445664

2) Dalton Hicks, Stillwater, Okla., D. Hicks 12-01, 2/23/2012, M446449

3) Emily Anderson, Macon, Mo., Af 210, 2/21/2012, Pending

4) Emily Anderson, Macon, Mo., Af 202, 2/14/2012, Pending

5) Madison Kirchmann, Sumner, Rueber Shrops 1204 NNRR, 2/12/2012, M445988

6) Dalton Hicks, Stillwater, Okla., Avery's 12-53 Bellflower, 2/13/2012, M446093

7) Sugar Ridge Ranch, Viroqua, Wis., Sugar Ridge Brie Rrnn, 2/17/2012, M445896

8) Anderson Farms, Macon, Mo., Af 203, 2/8/2012, Pending

9) SS Shrops, Davenport, SS Shrops, 2/2/2012, 445690

10) WEG Shropshires and 1-80 Flocks, Geneva, Neb., 2/17/2012

11) SS Shrops, Davenport, SS Shrops, 2/3/2012, 445695

March and After Ewe Lamb

1) Madison Kirchmann, Sumner, Rueber Shrops 1205, 3/10/2012

2) Sugar Ridge Ranch, Viroqua, Wis., Sugar Ridge Gabrielle Rrnn, 3/30/2012, M445898

3) SS Shrops, Davenport, SS Shrops, 3/5/2012, 445699

4) SS Shrops, Davenport, SS Shrops, 3/3/2012, 445698

5) Chris Whittaker, Laura, Ill., Whittaker 1212, 3/7/2012, M446275

6) Dalton Hicks, Stillwater, Okla., 3/7/2012, 446089

7) WEG Shropshires and 1-80 Flocks, Geneva, Neb.

8) Anderson Farms, Macon, Mo., Af 214, 3/2/2012, Pending

Shorn Ewe Lamb - All Ages

1) SS Shrops, Davenport, SS Shrops, 2/12/2012, 445697

2) WEG Shropshires and 1-80 Flocks, Geneva, Neb., 2/18/2012

Pair of Ewe Lambs

1) Emily Anderson, Macon, Mo.

2) Madison Kirchmann, Sumner

3) Chris Whittaker, Laura, Ill.

4) Dalton Hicks, Stillwater, Okla.

5) WEG Shropshires and 1-80 Flocks, Geneva, Neb.

6) Sugar Ridge Ranch, Viroqua, Wis.

7) SS Shrops, Davenport

8) Anderson Farms, Macon, Mo.

Pair of Lambs

1) Dalton Hicks, Stillwater, Okla.

2) Madison Kirchmann, Sumner

3) Chris Whittaker, Laura, Ill.

4) Emily Anderson, Macon, Mo.

5) WEG Shropshires and 1-80 Flocks, Geneva, Neb.

6) Sugar Ridge Ranch, Viroqua, Wis.

7) SS Shrops, Davenport

8) Anderson Farms, Macon, Mo.

Young Flock

1) Dalton Hicks, Stillwater, Okla.

2) Emily Anderson, Macon, Mo.

3) Madison Kirchmann, Sumner

4) Chris Whittaker, Laura, Ill.

5) Sugar Ridge Ranch, Viroqua, Wis.

6) WEG Shropshires and 1-80 Flocks, Geneva, Neb.

7) SS Shrops, Davenport

8) Anderson Farms, Macon, Mo.

Flock

1) Dalton Hicks, Stillwater, Okla.

2) Madison Kirchmann, Sumner

3) Chris Whittaker, Laura, Ill.

4) WEG Shropshires and 1-80 Flocks, Geneva, Neb.

5) Sugar Ridge Ranch, Viroqua, Wis.

6) SS Shrops, Davenport

"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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Loebsack Tours Farms, Calls on Congress to Come Back from Vacation to Pass Farm Bill PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Friday, 17 August 2012 14:45

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Loebsack toured farms affected by the drought to speak with farmers about how they have been impacted.  After viewing the conditions firsthand, Loebsack called on Speaker John Boehner to call Congress back into session to pass a long-term farm bill.  The current farm bill expires on September 30th and the House of Representatives has yet to take action on a measure to provide certainty to farmers and livestock/poultry producers.  Loebsack has called on Congress to stay in session multiple times to get critical work done.

“I call on you to immediately bring the House back into session and pass a reformed farm bill that reduces the deficit and also contains disaster relief for farmers and livestock/poultry producers,” wrote Loebsack.  “I have been walking the rows with farmers since the heat wave and drought began to affect Iowa and now nearly all the counties I represent are experiencing extreme drought.

“Rural communities and small businesses throughout Iowa are heavily dependent on agriculture thriving – everything from coffee shops to manufacturers to equipment dealers.  A reformed farm bill that also addresses rural development is critical to the farm economy’s prosperity and its contribution to economic recovery.”

To view a copy of the letter click here.

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ISU Extension Calendar Aug 28 - Sept 25, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Heitz   
Friday, 17 August 2012 14:36

 
Checkoff Farmer-Leaders Commit to Maintaining Sustainability of U.S. Soy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by United Soybean Board   
Friday, 17 August 2012 14:22
Pledge states ‘We are sustainable’ on behalf of U.S. soybean farmers

ST. LOUIS (August 16, 2012) – When it comes to buzzwords, sustainability is one that U.S. soybean farmers believe has staying power. It’s so important, in fact, that the United Soybean Board (USB) and soy checkoff recently joined other U.S. soybean organizations in supporting a pledge and set of data that demonstrate U.S. soybean farmers continue to improve their sustainability performance. These organizations will use this pledge and data to help increase sales of U.S. soy among customers that demand sustainably sourced ingredients.

“Instead of a certification process for individual U.S. soybean farmers, we are recommending an aggregate approach, in which the data show the environmental, economic and societal benefits of U.S. soybean production,” says Jim Call, soybean farmer from Madison, Minn. and USB secretary. “This pledge will be the commitment by the entire U.S. soy industry that we, as farmers, are sustainable.”

At their most recent meeting, the soy checkoff recently joined the American Soybean Association and state checkoff boards in further committing the U.S. soy industry to sustainability. The United Soybean Export Council Board is expected to take similar formal action in the next few weeks.

“Our customers, the end-users, want to use products that are sustainable, and it is our responsibility to provide them,” adds Call. “Within the pledge, we share data that shows our decreasing use of inputs and the increasing use of conservation practices by U.S. soybean farmers.”

Also during the meeting, checkoff farmer-leaders adopted a series of recommendations to finish implementing USB’s new operating structure. As part of one of these recommendations, USB Chair Vanessa Kummer appointed a Strategic Management Committee, which will ensure all checkoff-funded projects contribute toward meeting the checkoff’s long-range strategic plan.

Kummer appointed farmer-leaders Dwain Ford, Kinmundy, Ill.; Richard Fordyce, Bethany, Mo.; and Nancy Kavazanjian, Beaver Dam, Wis., to join USB Vice Chair Jim Stillman, Emmetsburg, Iowa; and immediate past chair Marc Curtis, Leland, Miss., to the committee.

The 69 farmer-directors of USB oversee the investments of the soy checkoff to maximize profit opportunities for all U.S. soybean farmers. These volunteers invest and leverage checkoff funds to increase the value of U.S. soy meal and oil, to ensure U.S. soybean farmers and their customers have the freedom and infrastructure to operate, and to meet the needs of U.S. soy’s customers. As stipulated in the federal Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soy checkoff.

For more information on the United Soybean Board, visit www.unitedsoybean.org
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Premiums Awarded in Iowa State Fair Horse Show PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Friday, 17 August 2012 13:53

DES MOINES, IA (08/15/2012)(readMedia)-- Premiums and ribbons were awarded in the Open Western Horse Show judged Saturday at the 2012 Iowa State Fair.

Complete results follow:

Western Horsemanship-Riders 18 and Under

1) Clara Johnson, Indianola

2) Rebecca Ness, Muscatine

3) Lisa Weatherwax, Ankeny

4) Brittany Abernathy, Indianola

5) Cheyanne Hunt, Wapello

6) Rachel VanRoekel, Pella

7) Mike Vesey, Indianola

8) Amy Turner, Knoxville

9) Nicole Banner, Ottumwa

Western Pleasure-Men 19 and Over

1) Cindy Johnson, Indianola

2) Cleo Craven, Norwalk

3) Janelle Schaefer, Norwalk

4) James Thorp, Marion

Registered Quarter Horse Western Pleasure

1) Cindy Johnson, Indianola

2) Brittany Abernathy, Indianola

3) Black Show Horses, Saint Charles

4) Sue Reichert, Marengo

5) Lisa Weatherwax, Ankeny

6) Mike Vesey, Indianola

7) Debbie Pierce, Carlisle

8) Moorman Performance Horses, Carlisle

9) Wilson Buckskin Horses, Muscatine

Western Pleasure-Riders Ages 14 to 18

1) Brittany Abernathy, Indianola

2) Mike Vesey, Indianola

3) Lisa Weatherwax, Ankeny

4) Jake Peers, Urbandale

5) Laura Pfab, Granger

6) Gary Puls, Jewell

7) None Awarded

8) Cheyanne Hunt, Wapello

9) Jessica Taylor, Granger

Walk-Trot Pleasure-Riders 19 and Over

1) Cindy Johnson, Indianola

2) Moorman Performance Horses, Carlisle

3) Robin Epp, Urbandale

4) Black Show Horses, Saint Charles

5) Sue Reichert, Marengo

6) Lisha Marsh, Grinnell

7) Debbie Pierce, Carlisle

8) Donae Hedlund, Knoxville

9) Laura McClure, Vinton

Tandem Bareback-Riders 18 and Under

1) Clara Johnson, Indianola

"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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