Women In Ag
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"That same night I asked Matt again for a pink tractor and he agreed to do it," said Hagedorn. "It was an easy decision then. "He has stepped up and gone all out for me to make this possible." Hagedorn can be easily spotted among the sea of red, green, yellow, orange and other antique tractors during tractor rides. So far she has had her tractor at rides out of Spencer and Peterson as well as several parades. See FIGHTER, Page 3 -Farm News photo by Kriss Nelson Anne HAgedorn and her husband, matt, had this 1962 3010 John deere tractor painted pink as a way to help raise awareness for breast cancer and honor a friend who has been diagnosed with the disease. 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The response has been amazing, Hagedorn said, which is quite surprising considering how some of these older farmers care for their tractors and like to see them kept as original as they can. "A lot of people have been supportive, but there's been a lot of questions," she said. "But response has been amazing as far as support." Her favorite part is hearing stories from fellow riders and people who see her on the pink tractor. She likes hearing the stories from the men that have had women in their life struggle with the disease the most and seeing just how compassionate these rural Iowa farmers can really be. Hagedorn said her friend is "If I can just get one woman to think of a mammogram, that's fine with me." --Anne Hagedorn Cancer crusader -Farm News photo by Kriss Nelson THese emblems Help people realize just why anne hagedorn drives a pink tractor. doing well and will be completing treatment soon. "She's a very, very positive person," Hagedorn said. 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Today, she chuckles about those things, because it turns out that her career of choice in college was ag business, and, she lives just west of Milford with her farmer husband and their three young sons. As the owner of Bockman Ag Inc., Bockman is an independent dealer for Dekalb and Asgrow Seeds. She spends her time meeting producers and their families, helping them decide which seeds would give them the best return, delivering seed, evaluating product performance by watching combine monitors in the fields with her grower customers, working with growers on agronomy is- "When I first started my seed business ... I started with a good base and I knew the product line -- I just had to learn the customers." --Melissa Bockman Owner, Bockman Ag Inc. sues and selling crop insurance. It sounds like a long list, but even so, she said making the move to become an independent dealer gave her more flexibility to live the life she wanted to live. Bockman graduated from Central Decatur High School in 1993, not even joining the school`s FFA chapter until her junior year. She attended Southwest Community College in Creston for two years to com- As in mosT small businesses, Bockmnan wears a lot of hats and can do it all, whether storing or delivering seeds, keeping the accounts, making sales calls and addressing client concerns about their corn and soybean stands. plete her general education credits. Following that she landed a nine-month internship with Pioneer International, in Johnston, and followed it with two years of ag business, agronomy and animal science classes at Iowa State University, graduating in 1997 with her ag business degree. "It wasn't until eighthgrade or so that I realized that I did kind of like agriculture," Bockman said. "After I figured out that I didn't mind it, I took (college) classes that would transfer to Ames because I knew I would be transferring there." While in college, Bockman worked an internship with Iowa Pork Producers Association, which gave her a chance to work for six weeks from the Washington, D.C. office of Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa). "After a few weeks of that I decided I wanted to work in Iowa -- I was very homesick. I missed seeing corn fields and people who were friendly," she said. The following summer she worked as a sales intern for Asgrow and said she enjoyed that part of ag business. After earning her degree, Bockman secured a job with Fort Dodge Animal Health, covering 40 counties in northwest Iowa and southern Minnesota; a job that also landed her a husband. After three years, she accepted a position with Monsanto as a chemical and seed representative. Eight years later she took over the business clients of two retiring Asgrow dealers in her area and created her own ag business. That was three years ago. Bockman said it's proved to be the best thing she ever did, adding that by then, her family had started. "I was gone too much of -Farm News photos by Karen Schwaller melissA bockmAn examines a young corn plant's root system. a trained agronomist and ag businesswomen, she owns and operates Bockman ag inc., a dealership for dekalb corn and asgrow soybeans, both monsanto products. the time and I needed to be home with the kids more," Bockman said, alluding to a woman's need to balance career and family life. "The decision to leave a career and start my own business was a big deal and nothing was guaranteed, but it has worked out better than we had expected." Bockman said she has more flexibility in her schedule, both for work and for her family. However, it came with a price -- giving up a great company health insurance plan, footing the expense for putting up a seed shed and buying a truck for her business. She also wondered whether a woman in a maledominated vocation would be taken seriously. These were all fears that she decided to meet head-on and now she doesn't look back. "When I first started my seed business," Bockman said, "I didn't know 70 percent of the farmers around the area. The previous dealers took me around and introduced me. After that, I just began to make cold calls. "I started with a good base and I knew the product line -- I just had to learn the customers," she said. "I have found that if you do what you say you're going to do, and know what you are talking about, men See BOCKMAN Page 7 friday, July 22, 2011/Sunday, July 24, 2011 www.farm-news.com farm newS / The meSSenger, forT dodge, iowa 7 2011 Women in Ag -Farm News photo by Karen Schwaller Working in Her office is melissa Bockman, owner of Bockman ag inc., a dealership for deKalb corn and asgrow soybeans. Bockman are very fair," Bockman said. "I don't think they view (working with a woman) as any different than working with a man (in regard to agronomy issues)." Still, she said she creates some of her own stress by knowing that she needs to know more because of the ever-changing ag industry, her independent dealer status, and because of the ownership she assumes when she places seed among her growers. "That's just the way women are," Bockman said. Bockman said she works hard to include farm wives and the farm family as a whole as she goes about her day-to-day business. "I want them to know who I am, and I also like for my own family to be included in what I do," Bockman said. "It's been very good for our boys because they have learned how to interact with many other people. I Continued from Page 6 "I wouldn't want to be in any other industry. I believe in agriculture, I believe in the products I sell." --Melissa Bockman Owner, Bockman Ag Inc. try to approach the business very professionally." As she looks into the future, Bockman thinks about growing her business, continuing to meet her customers' expectations, educating herself on a changing ag industry and balancing career and family, or prioritizing, she said. In retrospect, Bockman said, if she had to make a choice, she would do it all over again, encourages other young woman to pursue a career in agriculture. "I would tell them not to be afraid (of it)," she said. "... do internships and use them to rule out what you know you don't want to do -- it`s only three months at a time; and I would tell them to network with other people in agriculture." Bockman's family includes her husband, Dan, who, with his parents and brother, raises feedlot cattle and grain. Their family includes three sons -- Jacob, 9; Jesse, 7 and Sam, 3. "The ag industry is a small world," Bockman said. "Rural people are good people. "I wouldn't want to be in any other industry. I believe in agriculture, I believe in the products I sell. 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Funds also support program development, new outreach, new 4-H clubs, expansion of existing clubs, purchasing volunteer training materials, supporting facility improvements and funding college scholarships, National Congress and State Youth Conference trips. "The Foundation works to provide the youth of Iowa the opportunities that 4-H gives," Determan said. "Raising funds for these opportunities has become even more important in today's environment of government budget cuts, both federal and state. "This makes the needs for private funding even more important. Even though 4-H continues to change as Iowa's youth does, the need to learn 4-H's basic skills continues to be the same." Determan, who is also a past president of the National Pork Producers, has had three basic goals since beginning her one-year stint as president -- update the bylaws, increase communication and engagement of the trustees, and to find new corporate donors. She has accomplished the first two and said the third goal is an ongoing endeavor. "Having been in sales but you have to take all the general areas of 4-H as well as communication," said Determan. "This was the rule I followed as a 4-H'er growing up in western Illinois and the rule I've followed with the Early Achievers (4-H Club) and my own children." Determan and husband, Steve, have been married for 30 years and have lived on the Determan family farm for the past 27 years. They have three children. "Our oldest, Andy, is a grain merchandiser, Dan is in sales in the hospitality industry and our youngest, Kourtney, is at Iowa State University and focusing on agricultural communications. "I know that 4-H has helped them to discover what they enjoy doing and aided them in development of those skills." Always the forwardthinker, Determan notes that she has a great bunch of freshmen in the 4-H club this year who are exhibiting many strengths. "I have a number of seventh-graders that are showing great initiative and promise," Determan said. "It's very difficult to think about giving up my leadership role at this level because I get to see the difference made (by) interacting with these kids." Early Achievers has 25 members and "eight leaders who all have full-time jobs and church and community service obligations," Determan said. "They are a great group of leaders with their own special sets of skills." Among this group is husband Steve with 25 years of experience. And what about the difference she's making as 4H president? "I love helping people -- See 4-H Page 11 -Farm News photo by Doug Clough bArb deTermAn, presidenT of the iowa 4-h foundation, uses a current brochure to explain the mission of the foundation. determan has held the president's post since September 2010. "it's been a pleasure working with the 40 other trustees to update the bylaws, improve our communication throughout the year and continue to find corporate donors," said determan. most of my adult life, I'm accustomed to hearing `no' so I enjoy the challenge of convincing potential donors of the benefits to their companies," Determan said. "I'm always on the lookout for 4-H alumni, getting to know their interests and how they tie into our mission to educating our kids to be productive people and perhaps their employees. "It's a win for the kids and for corporations if 4-H continues to thrive." Determan has been a 4-H leader for 30 years, a position she continues to hold, regardless of her current high-profile responsibility. 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"We've been farming together since," said Libbey. On their website of ostgardens.com, they describe Landgraf as the person behind the scenes doing scheduling and paperwork while Libbey is the public face of One Step at a Time Gardens. She works with their summer crews and can be seen at the farmers markets. A visit with Libbey reveals that her philosophy is more than just providing high quality, locally grown food. She sees food as a building block of society. "Food can make a choice today," she said. "Where food comes from and how we feed ourselves affects our outcome," Libbey said. She looks to greater goals of local food in "raising hope" and "reconnecting people with an intentional sense of See LIBBEY Page 15 friday, July 22, 2011/Sunday, July 24, 2011 www.farm-news.com farm newS / The meSSenger, forT dodge, iowa 15 2011 Women in Ag Libbey community." Libbey said efforts such as CSAs keep a community's economic and cultural vitality intact. "I'm convinced how important this work is," she said. Libbey said that locally grown food efforts fit well with her zeal to see people become more self-sufficient; and to find solutions to rural issues at a local Continued from Page 14 "Where food comes from and how we feed ourselves affects our outcome." --Jan Libbey Owner, One Step at a Time Gardens level. She said it's up to average citizens to recognize the importance of starting at the local level because "Nobody is inviting the conversation," and "Don't look to the politicians." Libbey and Landgraf are parents of two children, Andrew and Jess. For more information visit the One Step at a Time Gardens' website at www: ostgardens.com with details on food, deliveries, and a page of frequently asked questions. 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SAVE 5% by telling us you saw our ad in the FARM NEWS 16 farm newS / The meSSenger, forT dodge, iowa friday, July 22, 2011/Sunday, July 24, 2011 2011 Women in Ag Mission: Tell farming's story Simon links media with true ag profile By LARRY KERSHNER Farm News news editor ANKENY -- Since 2005, Karen Simon's mission is to help all media inquiries to get them factual information for their reports. Whether dealing with Iowa's weekly or daily newspapers or The New York Times or Wall Street Journal, Simon said she works hard to get the information they seek and link them with producers in the field. For the most part, Simon said, whether reporters work for print or electronic media, "they want the real story. They want to talk to farmers." A secondary, and just as crucial, part of her job is serving as a clearinghouse for reinformation search from 12 universities and disseminate those findings "to producers to help them feed the world." Besides the research and policy communications, she also deals with information dissemination on the demand side of the industry -- livestock, exports and soydiesel. Simon grew up in Minnesota. Although she lived in town, her parents tended a family farm "so we got to do all the `fun' farm work kids did -- picking up rocks and haying." It didn't always seem like fun at the time, she said, "But I learned what meaningful work farming is. It's a unique thing to be around farmers. They are honest and hardworking people." Eventually, she said, her interests in writing and photography came in line with her love for the farm. After earning an English degree at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn., with an art minor for graphic design and photography, Simon's first entry into journalism was on a small town newspaper in New Prague, Minn. For 13 years, she said, "I covered everything, including ag." As a single mother, she even once had to take her son to cover a fire. But she got the job done. In 1997, still in New Prague, she accepted the managing editor's position with Ag Retailer, a national magazine for ag retailers and cooperatives. In 2002 she stepped into the managing editor's post for Corn and Soybean Digest, working from an office in Minneapolis. In 2006, after earning her master's degree in organizational leadership through St. Catherine University, she left her home state for Iowa as ISA's communication's director. "I was attracted to this job," Simon said, "because of the long tenure of the people -Farm News photos by Larry Kershner kAren simon sTAnds by the rural farm mural in the lobby of the iowa Soybean association headquarters in ankeny. She said the mural is "a daily reminder of who we (at iSa) work for." Simon has served as iSa's director of communications since 2005. here. It must be a good place to work." It was also a chance to work more closely with producers, she said. "Our bosses are the farmers." She pointed to the ISA's lobby mural, an agrarian scene with soybean fields stretching beyond the horizon as a reminder of exactly who ISA's staff is working for -- growers. She pointed to Kirk Leeds, ISA's chief executive officer, who is a producer himself. ing trade missions to China. China has become the key customer of U.S. soybeans, Simon said, and she's been on missions to keep that relationship strong. She's also assisted on trade missions that have come to Iowa so foreign buyers of soybeans can visit growers and other movers and shakers of the U.S. soybean industry. Her biggest challenges, she said, is keeping ahead of communication technology and supplying producers with updates in Trade missions One aspect of the job ways they want them. ISA's motto,"Your she was not initially expecting was attend- ISA your way," works to provide updates on research and other developments, as well as newsletters via print, online, cellphones or Ipads, Simon said, "for all program areas at ISA. "Most guys are not passionate about sitting in front of a computer, but want hands-on in the field. "It's like looking into a crystal ball and asking. `What's the technology of the week?'" She said that looking back to her first print reporting job in 1985, she never imagined that one day she'd be preparing audio reports and blogs." She credits a staff that is tech savvy and figures out how to get the job done. Another way to keep ahead of the tech wave is networking with her peers as a member of the American Society of Association Executives. "We watch what others are doing." Guarding trust Simon is a past president of the American Ag Editor's Association, but continues to serve the organization by chairing its ethics committee, she said, "to maintain integrity See SIMON Page 17 simon looks THrougH a notebook on ag reporter ethics in her ankeny office. a past president of the american ag editor's association, she now chairs the organization's ethics committee. friday, July 22, 2011/Sunday, July 24, 2011 www.farm-news.com farm newS / The meSSenger, forT dodge, iowa 17 2011 Women in Ag -Farm News photo by Larry Kershner kAren simon displAys a sampling of the research publications she helps to organize and disseminate with information that flows into iSa's headquarters from 12 research universities that comprise the north Central Soy research Program. Simon Continued from Page 16 of ag publications. It's crucial to the ag industry as a whole, she added. "We develop ethic codes and tools to help communicators understand what is ethically correct to be sure readers maintain trust in what they are reading." Simon is also responsible for coordinating research publications, with information flowing into the Ankeny site from 12 states that make up the North Central Soy Research Program. "We develop ethic codes and tools to help communicators understand what is ethically correct to be sure readers maintain trust in what they are reading." --Karen Simon American Agricultural Editors' Association, ethics committee chirman Linde Equipment Co. 108 S. Idaho Glidden, IA 51443 712-659-3725 In addition, her office is a clearinghouse for information from the Soy Transportation Board, a 10-state consortium. "They operate out of this building, too," Simon said. And she works with them all. Contact Larry Kershner at (515) 573-2141, ext. 453 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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Cheryl Dencklau Jacobsen grew up south of Vincent as a farmer's daughter. She's a farmer's wife now. A farmer herself. "That's all I knew," she said. "I love being outside and helping with the farming operation and running the tractor." She describes herself as "a hired man who picks and chooses my jobs." Married to her high school sweetheart, Dennis Jacobsen -- they both graduated from Eagle Grove High School -- she does whatever she can to keep things rolling. It's just the two of them to make farming a go on more than 1,200 acres of their own and rented land. They live in the house he grew up in on County Road R27 between Eagle Grove and Woolstock. They like the idea of sitting in their kitchen and from that spot being able to look north, south, east and west out windows. She laughs, however, when she said birds have hit the north window, likely headed straight through to the south window. That's what happens when the windows are so clean. "My great-grandfather built this house," Dennis Jacobsen said. "I've lived here 53 of my 63 years. The other 10 years were on my grandmother's farm. That -Farm News photos by Sandy Mickelson cHeryl JAcobsen reAcHes for the starter on the farmall tractor being renovated by her husband, dennis. She said most of her help comes by handing him the tools he needs. "We don't do that anymore. To prevent erosion, we don't do any more tillage on bean stubble. Oh, you do the end rows, they get compacted, but we try to do minimum tillage." --Cheryl Jacobsen Eagle Grove-area farmer was a Century Farm in the 1980s." The couple's home farm remained in the family with the exception of about nine years. Bad times forced them to sell, but they were able to buy it back when times got better for them. This 120 acres of land was deeded to a man named Mead Anderson Harris for his serv- ice in the Illinois Militia during the Black Hawk War of 1832, Dennis Jacobsen said. "He sold it to get his money. I don't know why he was given the land here." It's just another part in the story of the history of the farm. When Cheryl Jacobsen was young, she planned to See CHERYL, Page 21 CHeryL JACoBSen uses joysticks to operate the family's mower while cutting the lawn. Her entire life has been spent living, working and operating farms. friday, July 22, 2011/Sunday, July 24, 2011 www.farm-news.com farm newS / The meSSenger, forT dodge, iowa 21 2011 Women in Ag Cheryl be a nurse. In fact, she graduated from nurse's training at Iowa Methodist in Des Moines and worked in obstetrics at Bethesda Hospital -- now Trinity Regional Medical Center -- in Fort Dodge for a few years. When their children, Kari and Bret, were growing up, Jacobsen stayed home with them. She may not have used all her nurse's training, but that training often came in handy, she said. She continues to take training and renew her certificate because she occasionally subs for the school nurse in Eagle Grove. The hardest part of farming, she said, is "the long hours to work with the weather. When you can go, you go because you never know when the weather will turn on you." She said she wasn't as necessary to the operation when her father-in-law, Vergil Jacobsen, was still alive and helping. Still, she would chisel the bean ground and help haul in the crop. While they store some crop in cooperatives in Vincent and Eagle Grove, they also have on-farm storage. Now, they don't chisel the ground. "We don't do that anymore," she said. "To prevent erosion, we don't do any more tillage on bean stubble. Oh, you do the end rows, they get compacted, but we try to do minimum tillage." That saves both time and money, a plus with the high price of fuel. Continued from Page 20 driver in training. It's one of many antique Case IH Farmall tractors they take to shows. They go red with their tractors. At home, some of the tractors are stored in shipping containers -- heavy, watertight, dust-proof and movable, so there are no taxes. Dennis Jacobsen grins when he mentions that. "We plow the sweet corn patch with an antique tractor and 2- or 3-bottom plow," Cheryl Jacobsen said. "It's just a small patch." The Farmalls also run the augers to move the crop into storage bins, she said. "It works really good on the auger." It's a hobby that has practical applications. "And Denny is so mechanically minded," she said. "He does all his own repair work. "He modifies our implements so they work the way he wants them to work. There isn't too much he hasn't done something to." Jacobsen looks back to the days of walking beans to get the weeds out. Then came riding bean buggies, then chemicals. "You look back and wonder how we had time to do all that," she said. "You did what you could." With some of the farm work stopped, there should be extra time, she said. But life has a way of filling in the holes when time is saved. Contact Sandy Mickelson at (515) 573-2141 or email@example.com. -Farm News photo by Sandy Mickelson dennis And cHeryl JAcobsen take a ride on an antique farmall tractor fitted for driver training. Sometimes it's just fun to take a turn around the farm yard on a tractor built for two, Cheryl Jacobsen said. Jacobsen said they use a disk ripper on corn stalks. "We feel we have to do something," she said. "It mixes them up pretty good, but you have enough trash on top to prevent erosion." Nothing, though, will stop blowing dirt during strong winds. She said the worst job she ever tackled was applying chemicals. "You learn how to do it, but I don't do it anymore. You know, the window of planting seems to be getting smaller and smaller." The Jacobsens don't use Global Positioning System mapping on their land. She said they've got a good handle on the land, and it seems as productive as it could be. Then she grins and says land in Wright County is the most fertile in the state, but doesn't say whether that's a personal belief or backed up by testing. After the planting and before the harvest, the couple spends time at fairs and shows as representatives of the North Central Iowa Antique Tractor Club. They've been members since 1990. They've got one tractor fitted with dual seats that carries a sign about 5th annual Iowa Women in Ag Conference scheduled Aug. 4 ANKENY -- "Women Cultivating Success," the fifth annual conference sponsored by Iowa Women in Ag, is scheduled for Aug. 4 at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny. The event is designed for women with any connection to agriculture, to take advantage of the opportunity to gather with other ag women, pose questions to presenters and share life experiences with one another. The one-day event will feature an array of speakers and topics to help women improve risk management skills and make the most of their agriculture experience. Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will start the day with opening remarks. One of the featured speakers will be Elaine Kub, an analyst for the AgRisk Consulting Group. Her topic will be "Taking Charge of Grain Marketing." In addition, an ag forum will focus on a discussion of how government and environmental regulations will affect how food is produced and the family farm is sustained. Breakout session topics includ: Information on a customizable ag-specific accounting product. Livestock/crop production records. Syngenta's work on drought-resistant corn. A spokeswoman for Common Ground will address taking the message about food from the people who grow it to the women who buy it. Understanding the details needed to make sound business decisions. Estate planning. The registration fee is $60. Those who preregisters and pays in advance will be in the drawing for an iPad. All attendees will be eligible for a drawing to win an eReader or a 20-inch flat screen monitor. 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Peyton is completing a triple major in agricultural business, economics and public service and administration in agriculture. "Learning is so much more interesting when you can meet the people who are passionate about raising food and marketing their products." In the spring of 2009, Peyton traveled to Argentina for a 10-day trip, where she learned about South American ag business, trade and commodity production, including corn, soybeans and cattle. In May 2010, Peyton participated in a 10-day trip to Greece, which focused on ag entrepreneurship at small wineries, goat cheese farms, a pistachio operation and a farm that produces algae for medicinal purposes. Peyton's latest travels took her to Rome in May. She spent four weeks working at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, where she researched the impact of private, voluntary standards in the U.S. livestock industry. "Many food and ag companies in the United Sates have their own standards, from McDonald's requirements for their food suppliers to designations like certified humane," said Peyton. -Contributed photos WHile on A trip to Tuscany, Peyton stands by the vineyards of her host Valero fantacci, a honey producer, or apicoltore in italian. The grape vines grace the apiarist's front yard, Peyton said. She received $2,000 to fund the trip when she was named the first recipient of the Jim and Connie Mohn Scholarship at ISU. "The FAO wanted to know the impact of these standards on the public good, from the environment to human and animal health." Peyton, who grew up on a cattle and row-crop farm in Sac County, helped write a summary paper of the findings, along with an annotated bibliography of the research and a survey that the FAO can send to U.S. and European companies to get more information. "This was a great experience, because I learned a lot about gathering data and compiling information into something that people can use." Barn-quilt inspiration The trip to Italy was the latest leadership opportunity for Peyton, who had already achieved many impressive accomplishments by the time she graduated from East Sac County High School in 2008. Peyton completed many citizenship projects during her years in the Jacksons 4-H Club. These efforts also helped her win a $5,000 scholarship through the Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award program. One of her biggest projects was inspired by The Barn Quilts of Sac County. "We were looking for a way to promote the barn quilts and Sac County's ag heritage," said Peyton, who gave up the opportunity to play on the high school softball team so she could write the 65page book "The Barn Quilts of Sac County" during the summer and fall of 2007. See PEYTON, Page 25 in greece, peyTon made friends with a goat that wandered down the road with other parts of the herd in the background. friday, July 22, 2011/Sunday, July 24, 2011 www.farm-news.com farm newS / The meSSenger, forT dodge, iowa 25 2011 Women in Ag Peyton Continued from Page 24 More than 2,700 copies of the book have been sold so far, said Peyton, who noted that buyers from across the country continue to purchase the book online at www.barnquilts.com. "I really enjoyed putting the book together and telling the unique story of each barn quilt," said Peyton, who added that 4-H spurred her interest in other community service projects, including the Chautauqua mural that now welcomes visitors who pass through Sac City. "There was a blank, ugly wall on a building on the east edge of town that I got tired of looking at every time I drove into town. Since Iowa has only three Chautauqua buildings left, and Sac City has the only enclosed one in the state, I thought it this would make a good concept for a mural." Peyton raised more than $10,000 for the project in money and in-kind donations. She also contacted the Iowa Arts Council, who provided a list of Iowa artists. Peyton helped select an artist from Decorah, who completed the mural in 2007. This willingness to pursue innovative ideas and follow through on big projects defines Peyton, said Izzy Nuehring, Peyton's high school geometry teacher. "Amy is a wonderful, enthusiastic young woman who always goes above and beyond. "She never limits herself to the ordinary and she helps build community spirit in the process." It's a really great feeling to make a difference in your home town, noted Peyton, who is member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority, works with ISU's VEISHEA planning committee, serves as president of the ISU chapter of the Mortarboard National Honor Society and participates in Cyclone Alley Central, which coordinates promotions at ISU men's and women's basketball games. Although Peyton is unsure where her career might take her after she graduates "I really enjoyed putting the book together and telling the unique story of each barn quilt." --Amy Peyton ISU senior ag student from ISU in May 2012, she won't forget her roots, even if she ends up working outside of Iowa or overseas for awhile. "I love rural Iowa," she said, "because the people know you and support you here." You can contact Darcy Dougherty Maulsby by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. -farm news photo by darcy dougherty maulsby Amy peyTon, of Sac City, wrote the book, "The Barn Quilts of Sac County," during the summer and fall 2007. Buyers from across the nation, she said, continue to purchase the book online. IROQUOIS, SD 888.546.2485 SIOUX CITY, IA 712.898.8418 MANKATO, MN 507.381.1413 WEB SEEDPOINT.COM GREAT FOR WET CORN STORAGE 26 farm newS / The meSSenger, forT dodge, iowa friday, July 22, 2011/Sunday, July 24, 2011 2011 Women in Ag Serves on ASI executive board a former `city kid' becomes a leader for u.S. sheep industry ation. When she started By ROBYN in that position, the KRUGER Iowa Sheep Association Farm News staff was not yet a member of writer SIBLEY -- When the American Sheep InMarsha Spykerman and dustry Association due her husband, Vernon, to its inability to raise moved back to her hus- the funding needed for band's family farm in membership. "This was my first 1980, she had no idea this new endeavor year's goal," Spykerwould lead to serving man said. "ASI reprethe sheep industry in sents our country's state and national posi- producers in Washington, D.C. "They are the tions. "I grew up as a city sheep industry's only kid and moved to the legislative arm. "It is important for farm when I was 32," Iowa producers to have Spykerman said. The couple reared their needs and concerns two sons on the farm heard." She said it didn't take and worked together to build a productive grain her long to reach her goal. A state's memberand sheep operation. "I have loved being ship dues are based on involved in raising the number of sheep it sheep and now I can't produces. Iowa's $7,000 dues imagine living in town," were produced through she added. As an ASI executive fundraising by ISI board member, Spyker- members through workman has taken her love ing at the Iowa State for the industry one step Fair and at the Iowa Sheep and Wool Festifurther. Through the years, val food stands and -Farm News photos by Robyn Kruger the Osceola County holding various raffles THis yeAr, marsha Spykerman became the first iowan to serve on the american Sheep industry's executive board woman has served on during the year. in 25 years. She is a sheep producer from osceola County and past president of the iowa Sheep industry association. Spykerman resigned various boards and committees including the from her ISI executive throughout the country Oklahoma. Osceola County Sheep post last year. Since are represented on the "We discuss a wide and Goat Advisory then she became a can- board," Spykerman range of issues due to Board, the location of the Farm producers Bureau throughout the Americountry." "I have loved being involved in raising sheep and now c a n "It is imporSheep tant to be acI can't imagine living in town." Advisory tively involved --Marsha Spykerman Commitin our indusOsceola County sheep producer tee and try," she said, the Osce"and serving on o l a the American County Sheep Industry didate for the ASI exec- said. "Region 4 con- Association Executive Extension Council. From 2004 to 2010 utive board and was sists of seven states -- Board. she served as executive elected to her first two- Iowa, North and South "It's really an excitdirector of the Iowa year term. Dakota, Nebraska, A LAMB findS its mother for a feeding, while other older "Nine regions Kansas, Missouri and Sheep Industry AssociSee ASI, Page 27 ewes eat from the bunker. friday, July 22, 2011/Sunday, July 24, 2011 www.farm-news.com farm newS / The meSSenger, forT dodge, iowa 27 2011 Women in Ag ASI Continued from Page 26 -Contributed photo THe ioWA sHeep industry association annually raffles artwork to help the organization to raise the $7,000 membership in the american Sheep industry association. Spykerman is holding, and is surrounded by, several of the past years' artwork that she purchased through the auctions. ing prospect." At home, the Spykermans are concentrating on their flock of 450 ewes. Recently, they made the move to begin breeding their current flock of sheep to a relatively new breed, within the U.S., called the Ile de France. Spykerman said the breed is renowned for its carcass qualities, excellent growth rates, high fertility and good mothering abilities. 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Activities as a youth included attending National 4-H Congress, the National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C., and visiting Germany as a part of the International Farm Youth Exchange, now known as the International 4-H Youth Exchange. After attending Iowa State University and earning her degree in home economics education, she married Ron Swanson, and in just a few short weeks became a volunteer club leader. In addition to serving as a club leader, became an exhibits judge, was elected to the Iowa 4-H Foundation board and eventually served 18 years as the executive director of the foundation. It was during this time, the Iowa 4-H Foundation's assets grew from $750,000 to more than $5 million, and the annual operating budget increased from $150,000 to more than $2 million. Swanson also helped establish an endowment fund totaling more than $3.5 million and led fundraising efforts for the Extension 4-H Youth Building on the ISU campus. -Farm News photo by Kriss Nelson Florine sWAnson, a 2010 national 4-h hall of fame inductee, stands by many of the awards and plaques she has earned over her nearly 50 years of 4-h involvement. Swanson is also credited for securing a special $50,000 appropriation from the Iowa Department of Agriculture to fund program grants to counties and a part-time agriculture program specialist. In addition, the 4-H scholarship program grew from a single award into a program of more than 100 scholarships ranging from $500 to full tuition with a total value of $100,000. The lists of accomplishments Swanson completed as executive director goes on and even includes establishing a special fund to provide financial assistance to Iowa 4-H members for activities such as attending 4-H camps and conferences. It coordinated more than $1 million of improvements to the Iowa 4-H Center, including a new dining hall and kitchen, swimming pool renovations and a new 60foot climbing tower. 4-H involvement was also passed down to her three sons and now six of her nine grandchildren. "4-H projects lead to career development and was the case for our sons," said Swanson. "It gives youth the opportunity to try things." Swanson, now retired, is still involved with 4-H as an exhibits judge and volunteer at the Iowa State Fair. Over the years, Swanson received numerous awards and has been recognized multiple times for dedication to 4-H. She has been awarded the Distinguished Friend of Extension award; Distinguished Service Award from the Iowa Chapter of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, and a state 4-H alumni award. Most recently, Swanson received the National 4-H Hall of Fame honor. In 2002, the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents, National 4-H Council and 4-H Headquarters created the National 4-H Hall of Fame during 4-H's centennial year. The National 4-H Hall of Fame was established to recognize 4-H volunteers, financial supporters, staff and pioneers who made major impacts within the 4-H movement at the local, state and national levels. Swanson said around a dozen people from all over the country are inducted each year. "It was a wonderful presentation," said Swanson. Swanson now owns Swanson and Associates where she and others consult in resource development by helping with a number of capital campaigns for rural communities. Some projects she has helped includes pools, libraries and churches. Swanson is a volunteer with the American Association of University Women and serves as national president of Women Graduates, an affiliate of the International Federation of University Women. She stays active in her church and volunteering in many other areas. 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