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IOWA FARM BUREAU SPOKESMAN

FEBRUARY 19, 2014

CENTRAL IOWA

BOONE . STORY . MARSHALL . DALLAS . POLK . JASPER . MADISON . WARREN . MARION

Free online Beef Quality Assurance Certification offered SUBMITTED BY MADISON, MARION, WARREN Thanks to a partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., your beef check-off funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program is offering free online BQA Certification for approximately two months. This opportunity is open to all beef and dairy producers, veterinarians, allied partners, agricultural friends and students from Feb. 6 through April 15. Beef Quality Assurance provides cattlemen with the tools they need to produce the safest, highest quality beef in the world while also looking at ways to make their operations

more efficient and productive. The BQA Program is the gold standard of livestock handling and animal welfare programs to demonstrate the industry’s commitment to continually improve the sound production practices most cattlemen use every day to build beef demand. The online BQA program has customized programs specific to cow/calf, stocker, feedlot or dairy operations. These easy-to-use modules teach sound management techniques that can be applied to the operation. The cattle industry has embraced BQA because it is the right thing to do; and it also helps cattle operations

FARM FAMILY FAVORITES

Taco Soup Joyce Jirak, Cresco (Howard County) 2 lbs. ground beef 2 packages dry ranch dressing 3-4 c. water (depending on your desired consistency) 2 small cans chili beans 2 cans corn, drained 2 cans diced tomatoes with chilies

Brown and drain ground beef. Add the remaining ingredients until thoroughly cooked. Can be served with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and Dorito chips.

Cherry Coffee Cake Maribel Binns, Maquoketa (Jackson County) 1 c. margarine 1-3/4 c. sugar 4 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla 3 c. all-purpose flour 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 1 can cherry pie filling

Cream margarine and sugar; and add eggs and vanilla. Sift flour, baking powder and salt in creamed mixture. Spread 2/3 of combined ingredients into a prepared 9x13-inch pan. Swirl cherry pie filling over, and add the rest of the batter on top. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 minutes. While cake is still warm, drizzle powdered sugar frosting on top.

Quick n’ Easy Casserole Denise Shipp, Underwood (W. Pottawattamie County) 1-1/2 lbs. ground beef 1/4 tsp. salt 1 (24-oz.) package frozen hash browns, thawed 1 (10-3/4 oz.) can of cream of mushroom soup 1/4 c. milk 1 c. sour cream 2 c. shredded cheddar cheese 1 medium onion, chopped 1 (2.8-oz.) French fried onions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In heavy skillet, cook ground beef with salt until browned, and break into small pieces. Transfer beef to large bowl. Add potatoes, both soups, milk, sour cream and onion; mix well. Spread into 9x13-inch prepared baking pan. Bake 30 minutes. Top with fried onions. Bake 15 minutes more or until bubbly. Serves 8.

tell their story to consumers who might not understand all of the safety measures cattlemen take in producing the food on the table. Those interested in taking advantage of this free online BQA certification opportunity, should start at www.BIVI-BQA.com for the online modules. Click on “beef quality assurance and beef cattle care” or one of the other 18 categories available (Comprehensive Beef Quality Assurance–recommended), register and enter code: BIVIBQA for your payment method. After all videos within a specific category have been observed with quizzes passed successfully, you

will become BQA certified! For more information, contact

Doug Bear, Iowa’s BQA coordinator at doug@iabeef.org or 515-296-2305.

Iowa 4-H pioneer to celebrate a century SUBMITTED BY JASPER, MARION, POLK, WARREN His Head, Heart, Hands and Health have served him well for almost 100 years. C.J. Gauger, an Iowa 4-H pioneer, will celebrate his century birthday in early March and the Iowa 4-H Foundation is planning a birthday reception for this very special occasion. C.J. Gauger’s 100th birthday reception will take place on Saturday, March 8, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at Green Hills Retirement Community located at 2200 Hamilton Drive in Ames, Iowa. The Iowa 4-H Foundation organizers encourage anyone who has known Gauger during his lifetime of 4-H commitment to greet him personally during the century celebration. Kris Fish Kuhlmann, executive director of the Iowa 4-H Foundation, said, “C.J. has had a profound influence on thousands of young people throughout his lifetime. In addition to the birthday reception, it would please him greatly to receive cards from anyone who has been associated with 4-H. Please include a short note detailing your 4-H story and

how it has influenced your life.” Cards or donations to honor C.J.’s century birthday can be directed to the Iowa 4-H Foundation, Attn: CJ’s 100th, Extension 4-H Youth Building, ISU, Ames, IA 50011-3630 or made online at www.iowa4hfoundation.org. Gifts may be designated for the Iowa 4-H Center, State 4-H Conference, National 4-H Congress or National 4-H Conference, Scholarships, CJ’s “The Genius of 4-H” (4-H future) Endowment, or for any other 4-H program that has special importance to the individual or family making the gift. C.J. Gauger was born on March 6, 1914, in Giard, Iowa. His father was a Methodist minister whose pastorates took the family to several locations during C.J.’s youth. C.J. said his “real education” came from participating in 4-H for several years following his graduation and that’s when he realized a desire to attend Iowa State College. Gauger received his degree and taught high school agriculture for several years before serving his country briefly during World War II. After returning from service, he resumed teaching for a short time before be-

ing recruited for a county Extension agent position. In 1959, he became the State 4-H Leader of Iowa, a position he held until he retired in 1979. C.J.’s leadership was recognized nationally as he chaired a national 4-H policy committee and shaped the 4-H emphasis on life skills development in all audiences, rural and urban. C.J.’s belief in “the genius of 4-H” is so keen that he and his late wife, Dorothy, endowed a fund at the Iowa 4-H Foundation to help provide resources for future generations of Iowa young people to participate in experiential learning and development through 4-H. “C.J. Gauger’s 100th birthday provides a unique opportunity for people in all 100 ISU Extension and Outreach counties to help us celebrate this wonderful milestone,” said Kuhlmann. “We hope 4-H alumni, current 4-H members, former and present leaders and staff will all join us in honoring this gentleman who has shaped the 4-H experience in such a positive direction. Even if some cannot attend the reception in person, we welcome your century cards and donations in C.J. Gauger’s honor.”

S.I. Distributing introduces SCH Pro Flex Lifter S.I. Distributing has introduced a new product designed by the Schumacher Company - the SCH Pro Flex Lifter. This croplifter is specially designed for pulse crops such as edible beans, peas and lentils. The Pro Flex Lifter combines a simple design with durability for easier pulse crop harvesting. The Schumacher croplifter features a compact design and easy mounting to guarantee a tight fit on all types of combine guards. The length and angle of the Pro Flex Lifter is fully

adjustable to allow for optimal working conditions. The white color of the lifter finger provides maximum visibility in all crop and harvesting conditions and its high quality material ensures extended durability. Advantages: • The Pro Flex Lifter has a long slot to guarantee a tight fit on all popular guards • The white colored crop lifter finger provides maximum visibility in all crop conditions • The high quality crop lifter fin-

ger ensures longer life and reduced distortion • The crop lifter finger is adjustable in length • The crop lifter finger is adjustable for angle S.I. Distributing Inc. is a nationwide distributor and manufacturer of agricultural products designed to improve efficiency and performance of planting and harvesting equipment. They have provided successful innovations for agriculture since 1979.


IOWA FARM BUREAU SPOKESMAN

FEBRUARY 19, 2014

EAST IOWA

TAMA . BENTON . LINN . JONES . JACKSON . POWESHIEK . IOWA . JOHNSON . CEDAR . CLINTON . SCOTT

Nominations sought for Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award SUBMITTED BY IOWA, POWESHIEK, TAMA Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds encourage Iowans to nominate farmers for the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award who have taken voluntary actions to improve or protect the environment and natural resources of our state. Nominations are due by June 15, 2014, and the nomination form can be found at www.iowaagriculture.gov/EnvironmentalLeader.asp. The award is a joint effort between

the Governor, Lt. Governor, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and Iowa Department of Natural Resources to recognize the efforts of Iowa’s farmers as environmental leaders committed to healthy soils and improved water quality. “We have seen great participation by farmers in the Iowa water quality initiative and these awards are an opportunity to recognize farmers that are taking steps to protect the soil and improve water quality here in Iowa,” Branstad said. “Iowa

FARM FAMILY FAVORITES

Taco Soup Joyce Jirak, Cresco (Howard County) 2 lbs. ground beef 2 packages dry ranch dressing 3-4 c. water (depending on your desired consistency) 2 small cans chili beans 2 cans corn, drained 2 cans diced tomatoes with chilies

Brown and drain ground beef. Add the remaining ingredients until thoroughly cooked. Can be served with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and Dorito chips.

Cherry Coffee Cake Maribel Binns, Maquoketa (Jackson County) 1 c. margarine 1-3/4 c. sugar 4 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla 3 c. all-purpose flour 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 1 can cherry pie filling

Cream margarine and sugar; and add eggs and vanilla. Sift flour, baking powder and salt in creamed mixture. Spread 2/3 of combined ingredients into a prepared 9x13-inch pan. Swirl cherry pie filling over, and add the rest of the batter on top. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 minutes. While cake is still warm, drizzle powdered sugar frosting on top.

Quick n’ Easy Casserole Denise Shipp, Underwood (W. Pottawattamie County) 1-1/2 lbs. ground beef 1/4 tsp. salt 1 (24-oz.) package frozen hash browns, thawed 1 (10-3/4 oz.) can of cream of mushroom soup 1/4 c. milk 1 c. sour cream 2 c. shredded cheddar cheese 1 medium onion, chopped 1 (2.8-oz.) French fried onions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In heavy skillet, cook ground beef with salt until browned, and break into small pieces. Transfer beef to large bowl. Add potatoes, both soups, milk, sour cream and onion; mix well. Spread into 9x13-inch prepared baking pan. Bake 30 minutes. Top with fried onions. Bake 15 minutes more or until bubbly. Serves 8.

is leading the way in working with farmers to encourage the use of voluntary, science-based practices that can improve our water quality while ensuring our farmers can continue to feed the world and power our state’s economy,” Reynolds said. Farmers that are nominated should have made environmental stewardship a priority on their farm and adopted best management practices throughout their farming operation. As true stewards of the land, they recognize that improved water quality and soil sustainability reaps benefits that ex-

tend beyond their fields to citizens of Iowa and residents even further downstream. Nominations may be submitted on a year-round basis and are due by June 15 of the year to be considered for the award. Farm owners and operators are eligible for consideration. “Recognizing farmers who are taking the lead in conservation is a way to encourage others to consider adopting some of the same practices on their land,” said Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. An appointed committee of representatives from both conservation

and agricultural groups will review the nominations and select the winners. The recipients will be recognized at the Iowa State Fair. The award was created in 2012 and last year 63 Iowa farm families were recognized. Winners were presented a certificate as well as a yard sign donated by Monsanto. Hagie Manufacturing also sponsored a recognition luncheon following the ceremony. Last year EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy spoke at the luncheon and recognized the efforts of the winners.

Free online Beef Quality Assurance certification SUBMITTED BY TAMA Thanks to a partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., your beef checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program is offering free online BQA Certification for approximately two months. This opportunity is open to all beef and dairy producers, veterinarians, allied partners, agricultural friends, and students from Feb. 6 to April 15, 2014. Beef Quality Assurance provides cattlemen with the tools they need to produce the safest, highest quality beef in the world while also looking at ways to make their operations more efficient and productive. The BQA Program is the gold standard of livestock handling and animal welfare programs to demonstrate the industry’s commitment to continually improve the sound production practices most cattlemen use every day to build beef demand. The online BQA program has customized programs specific to cow/calf, stocker, feedlot or dairy operations. These easy-to-use

modules teach sound management techniques they can apply to their operation. The cattle industry has embraced BQA because it is the right thing to do; and it also helps cattle operations tell their story to consumers who might not understand all of the safety measures cattlemen take in producing the food on the table. Those interested in taking advantage of this free online BQA certification opportunity should start at www.BIVI-BQA.com for the online modules. Click on Beef Quality

Assurance and Beef Cattle Care or one of the other 18 categories available (Comprehensive Beef Quality Assuranceñrecommended), register and enter code: BIVIBQA for your payment method. After all videos within a specific category have been observed with quizzes passed successfully, you will become BQA certified! For more information, contact Doug Bear, Iowa’s BQA coordinator, at doug@iabeef.org or 515-296-2305.

S.I. Distributing introduces SCH Pro Flex Lifter S.I. Distributing has introduced a new product designed by the Schumacher Company - the SCH Pro Flex Lifter. This croplifter is specially designed for pulse crops such as edible beans, peas and lentils. The Pro Flex Lifter combines a simple design with durability for easier pulse crop harvesting. The Schumacher croplifter features a compact design and easy mounting to guarantee a tight fit on all types of combine guards. The length and angle of the Pro

Flex Lifter is fully adjustable to allow for optimal working conditions. The white color of the lifter finger provides maximum visibility in all crop and harvesting conditions and its high quality material ensures extended durability. Advantages: • The Pro Flex Lifter has a long slot to guarantee a tight fit on all popular guards • The white colored crop lifter finger provides maximum visibility in all crop conditions

• The high quality crop lifter finger ensures longer life and reduced distortion • The crop lifter finger is adjustable in length • The crop lifter finger is adjustable for angle S.I. Distributing Inc. is a nationwide distributor and manufacturer of agricultural products designed to improve efficiency and performance of planting and harvesting equipment. They have provided successful innovations for agriculture since 1979.


IOWA FARM BUREAU SPOKESMAN

FEBRUARY 19, 2014

NORTH IOWA

MITCHELL . HOWARD . FLOYD . CHICKASAW . BUTLER . BREMER . GRUNDY . BLACK HAWK

S.I. Distributing introduces SCH Pro Flex Lifter S.I. Distributing has introduced a new product designed by the Schumacher Company - the SCH Pro Flex Lifter. This croplifter is specially designed for pulse crops such as edible beans, peas and lentils. The Pro Flex Lifter combines a simple design with durability for easier pulse crop harvesting. The Schumacher croplifter features a compact design and easy mounting to guarantee a tight fit on all types of combine guards. The length and angle of the Pro Flex Lifter is fully adjustable to allow for optimal working conditions. The white color of the lifter finger provides maximum vis-

Super Awards Bowl held

ibility in all crop and harvesting conditions and its high quality material ensures extended durability. Advantages: • The Pro Flex Lifter has a long slot to guarantee a tight fit on all popular guards • The white colored crop lifter finger provides maximum visibility in all crop conditions • The high quality crop lifter finger ensures longer life and reduced distortion • The crop lifter finger is adjustable in length • The crop lifter finger is adjustable for angle

FARM FAMILY FAVORITES

Taco Soup Joyce Jirak, Cresco (Howard County) 2 lbs. ground beef 2 packages dry ranch dressing 3-4 c. water (depending on your desired consistency) 2 small cans chili beans 2 cans corn, drained 2 cans diced tomatoes with chilies

Brown and drain ground beef. Add the remaining ingredients until thoroughly cooked. Can be served with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and Dorito chips.

Cherry Coffee Cake Maribel Binns, Maquoketa (Jackson County) 1 c. margarine 1-3/4 c. sugar 4 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla 3 c. all-purpose flour 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 1 can cherry pie filling

Cream margarine and sugar; and add eggs and vanilla. Sift flour, baking powder and salt in creamed mixture. Spread 2/3 of combined ingredients into a prepared 9x13-inch pan. Swirl cherry pie filling over, and add the rest of the batter on top. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 minutes. While cake is still warm, drizzle powdered sugar frosting on top.

Quick n’ Easy Casserole Denise Shipp, Underwood (W. Pottawattamie County) 1-1/2 lbs. ground beef 1/4 tsp. salt 1 (24-oz.) package frozen hash browns, thawed 1 (10-3/4 oz.) can of cream of mushroom soup 1/4 c. milk 1 c. sour cream 2 c. shredded cheddar cheese 1 medium onion, chopped 1 (2.8-oz.) French fried onions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In heavy skillet, cook ground beef with salt until browned, and break into small pieces. Transfer beef to large bowl. Add potatoes, both soups, milk, sour cream and onion; mix well. Spread into 9x13-inch prepared baking pan. Bake 30 minutes. Top with fried onions. Bake 15 minutes more or until bubbly. Serves 8.

Grundy County 4-H Youth Committee hosted a Super Awards Bowl on Feb. 2. Approximately 60 people attended the Super Awards Bowl to help celebrate Record Keeping Awards with the 38 youth who completed record books this year. Record-keeping is a lifelong skill that youth are learning how to use while keeping record of their project activities. Pictured are the award winners. In back row: Megan Andersen, Clark Stevens, McKayla Benson, Ella Hommel, Kelly Brockett, Sadie Brockett, Bradley Cunningham and Keaton Dudden. In front row: Cheyenne Reiss, Shannon Moorman, Paige Strohbehn, Ryan Traeger, Jadyn Sawyer, Karly Wilhau, Andrew Hommel, Bryce Greiner, Trevor McMartin, Paul Brockett and Trent Greiner. Record Keepers not pictured: Blessing Edittu, Brooke Liston, Anna Roegner, Joseph Roegner, Vashali Lizer, Lauren Strohbehn, Carter Liston, Deidra Green, Abigail Roegner, Anessa Smith, Hannah Martin, Bret Cunningham, Rachel Pakala and Jurane Lizer. For more on the story, see the Grundy County page. PHOTO COURTESY OF GRUNDY COUNTY.

Growing businesses and strengthening communities SUBMITTED BY CHICKASAW, HOWARD Iowa State University Extension and Outreach carries Iowa State’s land-grant mission beyond campus, to be the university that best serves the citizens of Iowa. We do that by offering practical, how-to education based on powerful university research. It’s available to any resident of Iowa and is tailored to meet the needs of Iowans — needs we know firsthand. We take university research and turn it into learning opportunities. Our work addresses four signature issues: Kindergarten through 12th grade Youth Outreach; Economic Development; Food and Environment and Health and Wellbeing. Here are two examples from our 2013 Stakeholder Report of how ISU Extension is supporting economic development activities in Northeast Iowa.

Strengthening the Workforce

Reick’s View Farms in Chickasaw County was searching for a foundational finance education to offer their employees, and found what they needed at ISU Extension and Outreach. After visiting with ISU Extension Specialist Cindy Thompson,

the company requested the first session of “Your Money. Your Future”; a program with a flexible design to meet the needs of a variety of audiences. The company proposed two evenings — one for English-speaking and one for Spanish-speaking employees. They provided a meal and monetary stipend to employees who attended. In total, 86 employees from four counties engaged in activities around SMART goals and spending plans. The younger audience (over one-half under 35) is historically difficult to reach with finance education. With the help of a translator, campus resources and written translation skills through the county office, 18 non-English language speakers engaged in the same materials as their English speaking counterparts. Evaluations showed a clear knowledge shift from before and after the program, especially around resources and tracking spending. The topic of credit came up in both sessions, and Reick’s View Farms has suggested the next session on credit would be the next offering for their employees.

Generational Transfer

A partnership between ISU Extension and Outreach, Northeast

Iowa Community College, and Northeast Iowa Dairy Foundation allows the Midwest Dairy School to become an annual event. This year’s program addressed the issues around how families can work together to incorporate all members for those entering and taking over the business as well as those phasing out of the operation. Extension specialists and industry personnel provided the content of the program and were enhanced by an ag/producer panel to share real-life experiences. Overall, the attendees and presenters felt that the event was useful and there was knowledge gain with each presentation. There was an increase of knowledge by 66 percent in Business Side of Transfers, 92 percent in the Relationship Side of Farm Transfers, 70 percent with the Ag Producer and Lending Panel, 38 percent in Options for Partnership, and 167 percent of knowledge increase in Beginning Farmers Accessing Capital. Attendees intend to have more family meetings to plan for the process of generational transfer to take place, open the communication lines on what needs to be done to move ahead in their business, and as an ag lender, they learned some questions to ask their clients to begin the discussion.


IOWA FARM BUREAU SPOKESMAN

FEBRUARY 19, 2014

NORTH CENTRAL IOWA

KOSSUTH . WINNEBAGO . WORTH . HANCOCK . CERRO GORDO . HUMBOLDT . WRIGHT . FRANKLIN . WEBSTER . HAMILTON . HARDIN

Free online Beef Quality Take advantage of Assurance Certification offered FB benefits while at state tournaments

SUBMITTED BY WRIGHT Thanks to a partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., your beef check-off funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program is offering free online BQA Certification for approximately two months. This opportunity is open to all beef and dairy producers, veterinarians, allied partners, agricultural friends and students from Feb. 6 through April 15. Beef Quality Assurance provides cattlemen with the tools they need

to produce the safest, highest quality beef in the world while also looking at ways to make their operations more efficient and productive. The BQA Program is the gold standard of livestock handling and animal welfare programs to demonstrate the industry’s commitment to continually improve the sound production practices most cattlemen use every day to build beef demand. The online BQA program has customized programs specific to

FARM FAMILY FAVORITES

Taco Soup Joyce Jirak, Cresco (Howard County) 2 lbs. ground beef 2 packages dry ranch dressing 3-4 c. water (depending on your desired consistency) 2 small cans chili beans 2 cans corn, drained 2 cans diced tomatoes with chilies

Brown and drain ground beef. Add the remaining ingredients until thoroughly cooked. Can be served with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and Dorito chips.

Cherry Coffee Cake Maribel Binns, Maquoketa (Jackson County) 1 c. margarine 1-3/4 c. sugar 4 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla 3 c. all-purpose flour 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 1 can cherry pie filling

Cream margarine and sugar; and add eggs and vanilla. Sift flour, baking powder and salt in creamed mixture. Spread 2/3 of combined ingredients into a prepared 9x13-inch pan. Swirl cherry pie filling over, and add the rest of the batter on top. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 minutes. While cake is still warm, drizzle powdered sugar frosting on top.

Quick n’ Easy Casserole Denise Shipp, Underwood (W. Pottawattamie County) 1-1/2 lbs. ground beef 1/4 tsp. salt 1 (24-oz.) package frozen hash browns, thawed 1 (10-3/4 oz.) can of cream of mushroom soup 1/4 c. milk 1 c. sour cream 2 c. shredded cheddar cheese 1 medium onion, chopped 1 (2.8-oz.) French fried onions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In heavy skillet, cook ground beef with salt until browned, and break into small pieces. Transfer beef to large bowl. Add potatoes, both soups, milk, sour cream and onion; mix well. Spread into 9x13-inch prepared baking pan. Bake 30 minutes. Top with fried onions. Bake 15 minutes more or until bubbly. Serves 8.

cow/calf, stocker, feedlot or dairy operations. These easy-to-use modules teach sound management techniques that can be applied to the operation. The cattle industry has embraced BQA because it is the right thing to do; and it also helps cattle operations tell their story to consumers who might not understand all of the safety measures cattlemen take in producing the food on the table. Those interested in taking advantage of this free online BQA certification opportunity, should start at www.BIVI-BQA.com for the online modules. Click on “beef quality assurance and beef cattle care” or one of the other 18 categories available (Comprehensive Beef Quality Assurance–recommended), register and enter code: BIVIBQA for your payment method. After all videos within a specific category have been observed with quizzes passed successfully, you will become BQA certified! For more information, contact Doug Bear, Iowa’s BQA coordinator at doug@iabeef.org or 515-2962305.

SUBMITTED BY FRANKLIN, HUMBOLDT, WEBSTER If you are traveling to Des Moines in the next couple of weeks to cheer on your high school athletes, take advantage of two Farm Bureau benefits that can save you money. First, book your hotel accommodations in advance and use the Iowa Farm Bureau account number to receive up to an additional 20 percent off the best available rate at Wyndham Hotel Group properties (13 brands) or 20 percent off participating Choice Hotels (11 brands). The Iowa Farm Bureau discount is not available upon walk-in or by calling a hotel location directly. For Wyndham Hotel Group properties, call 1-877-670-7088 and mention your Iowa Farm Bureau ID #8000002008. For Choice Hotels, call 1-800-258-2847 and use Iowa Farm Bureau ID #00209580. You

can also book your reservation online with either group. Be sure to have your Farm Bureau membership card with you at check-in. Next, include a tour of the Iowa Hall of Pride in your schedule. As a Farm Bureau member, you and your family are eligible for “free” admission into the Iowa Hall of Pride. Simply show your Farm Bureau membership card when you arrive. The Iowa Hall of Pride showcases the achievements of all Iowans, from student athletes to sports legends, movie stars to scientists. Interactive, hands-on exhibits tell the stories of Iowa heroes while teaching about the state and its history. Everyone is sure to have an exciting time! Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday by appointment only. Final tours are one hour prior to the posted closing time.

Take Root workshop set for March 4 in Nashua Iowa Farm Bureau’s Take Root program will offer a workshop to assist Iowa farm families in building a farm business and succession planning advisory team on Mar. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Borlauge Learning Center on the ISU Research Farm southwest of Nashua. The workshop, titled “Boost Your Business Profile with Farm Advisors,” will be targeted to farmers from counties adjacent to Nashua. It is the next step in the Take Root program, but it is not necessary to have attended a prior workshop. Take Root’s three-hour workshop uses a production-oriented process, showing how successful farm families identify and make efficient use of the professional resources available to farm operators. Learn the right questions to ask, to the right people, and hear tips from the other side of the desk that earn extra hu-

man and financial capital for your enterprise. An interactive panel with farm advisors will offer an open and candid dialogue with real-life examples of succession planning strategies, business structure options for your farm, the current financing and tax environment, guidelines for farm labor compensation, tenant-landlord relationships, and next generation opportunities. Each family will

also benefit from a one-on-one follow-up. Registration is free for Farm Bureau members and $45 for nonmembers. Dinner will be provided and speakers will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a scheduled end time at 9 p.m. For more information and to register, please contact the Floyd County Farm Bureau at 641-2283742 by Feb. 28. Space is limited to the first 75 registrants.

S.I. Distributing introduces SCH Pro Flex Lifter S.I. Distributing has introduced a new product designed by the Schumacher Company - the SCH Pro Flex Lifter. This croplifter is specially designed for pulse crops such as edible beans, peas and lentils. The Pro Flex Lifter combines a simple design with durability for easier pulse crop harvesting. The Schumacher croplifter features a compact design and easy mounting to guarantee a tight fit on all types of combine guards. The length and angle of the Pro Flex

Lifter is fully adjustable to allow for optimal working conditions. The white color of the lifter finger provides maximum visibility in all crop and harvesting conditions and its high quality material ensures extended durability. Advantages: • The Pro Flex Lifter has a long slot to guarantee a tight fit on all popular guards • The white colored crop lifter finger provides maximum visibility in all crop conditions

• The high quality crop lifter finger ensures longer life and reduced distortion • The crop lifter finger is adjustable in length • The crop lifter finger is adjustable for angle S.I. Distributing Inc. is a nationwide distributor and manufacturer of agricultural products designed to improve efficiency and performance of planting and harvesting equipment. They have provided successful innovations for agriculture since 1979.


IOWA FARM BUREAU SPOKESMAN

FEBRUARY 19, 2014

NORTH EAST IOWA

WINNESHIEK . ALLAMAKEE . FAYETTE . CLAYTON . BUCHANAN . DELAWARE . DUBUQUE

Free online Beef Quality Assurance certification SUBMITTED BY BUCHANAN, CLAYTON, FAYETTE hanks to a partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., your beef checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program is offering free online BQA Certification for approximately two months. This opportunity is open to all

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beef and dairy producers, veterinarians, allied partners, agricultural friends, and students from Feb. 6 to April 15, 2014. Beef Quality Assurance provides cattlemen with the tools they need to produce the safest, highest quality beef in the world while also looking at ways to make their operations more efficient and productive. The BQA Program is the gold standard of

livestock handling and animal welfare programs to demonstrate the industry’s commitment to continually improve the sound production practices most cattlemen use every day to build beef demand. The online BQA program has customized programs specific to cow/calf, stocker, feedlot or dairy operations. These easy-touse modules teach sound management techniques they can apply to their operation.

Joyce Jirak, Cresco (Howard County) 2 lbs. ground beef 2 packages dry ranch dressing 3-4 c. water (depending on your desired consistency) 2 small cans chili beans 2 cans corn, drained 2 cans diced tomatoes with chilies

Brown and drain ground beef. Add the remaining ingredients until thoroughly cooked. Can be served with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and Dorito chips.

Cherry Coffee Cake Maribel Binns, Maquoketa (Jackson County) 1 c. margarine 1-3/4 c. sugar 4 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla 3 c. all-purpose flour 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 1 can cherry pie filling

Cream margarine and sugar; and add eggs and vanilla. Sift flour, baking powder and salt in creamed mixture. Spread 2/3 of combined ingredients into a prepared 9x13-inch pan. Swirl cherry pie filling over, and add the rest of the batter on top. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 minutes. While cake is still warm, drizzle powdered sugar frosting on top.

Quick n’ Easy Casserole Denise Shipp, Underwood (W. Pottawattamie County) 1-1/2 lbs. ground beef 1/4 tsp. salt 1 (24-oz.) package frozen hash browns, thawed 1 (10-3/4 oz.) can of cream of mushroom soup 1/4 c. milk 1 c. sour cream 2 c. shredded cheddar cheese 1 medium onion, chopped 1 (2.8-oz.) French fried onions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In heavy skillet, cook ground beef with salt until browned, and break into small pieces. Transfer beef to large bowl. Add potatoes, both soups, milk, sour cream and onion; mix well. Spread into 9x13-inch prepared baking pan. Bake 30 minutes. Top with fried onions. Bake 15 minutes more or until bubbly. Serves 8.

Beef Cattle Care or one of the other 18 categories available (Comprehensive Beef Quality Assuranceñrecommended), register and enter code: BIVIBQA for your payment method. After all videos within a specific category have been observed with quizzes passed successfully, you will become BQA certified! For more information, contact Doug Bear, Iowa’s BQA coordinator, at doug@iabeef.org or 515-296-2305.

Iowa 4-H pioneer to celebrate a century

FARM FAMILY FAVORITES

Taco Soup

The cattle industry has embraced BQA because it is the right thing to do; and it also helps cattle operations tell their story to consumers who might not understand all of the safety measures cattlemen take in producing the food on the table. Those interested in taking advantage of this free online BQA certification opportunity should start at www.BIVI-BQA.com for the online modules. Click on Beef Quality Assurance and

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SUBMITTED BY FAYETTE is Head, Heart, Hands and Health have served him well for almost 100 years. C.J. Gauger, an Iowa 4-H pioneer, will celebrate his century birthday in early March and the Iowa 4-H Foundation is planning a birthday reception for this very special occasion. C.J. Gauger’s 100th birthday reception will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 8, at Green Hills Retirement Community located at 2200 Hamilton Drive in Ames. The Iowa 4-H Foundation organizers encourage anyone who has known Gauger during his lifetime of 4-H commitment to greet him personally during the century celebration. He has had a profound influence on thousands of young people throughout his lifetime. In addition to the birthday reception, it would please him greatly to receive cards from anyone who has been associated with 4-H. Please include a short note detailing your 4-H story and how it has influenced your life.

Cards or donations to honor C.J.’s century birthday can be directed to the Iowa 4-H Foundation, Attn: CJ’s 100th, Extension 4-H Youth Building, ISU, Ames, IA 50011-3630 or made online at www.iowa4hfoundation.org. Gifts may be designated for the Iowa 4H Center, State 4-H Conference, National 4-H Congress or National 4-H Conference, Scholarships, CJ’s “The Genius of 4-H” (4-H future) Endowment, or for any other 4-H program that has special importance to the individual or family making the gift. C.J. Gauger was born on March 6, 1914, in Giard, Iowa. His father was a Methodist minister whose pastorates took the family to several locations during C.J.’s youth. C.J. said his “real education” came from participating in 4-H for several years following his graduation and that’s when he realized a desire to attend Iowa State College. Gauger received his degree and taught high school agriculture for several years before serving his country briefly during WWII. After returning from service, he resumed teaching for a short time before being recruited for a

county Extension agent position. In 1959, he became the State 4-H Leader of Iowa, a position he held until he retired in 1979. C.J.’s leadership was recognized nationally as he chaired a national 4-H policy committee and shaped the 4-H emphasis on life skills development in all audiences, rural and urban. C.J.’s belief in “the genius of 4-H” is so keen that he and his late wife, Dorothy, endowed a fund at the Iowa 4-H Foundation to help provide resources for future generations of Iowa young people to participate in experiential learning and development through 4-H. His 100th birthday provides a unique opportunity for people in all 100 ISU Extension and Outreach counties to help celebrate this wonderful milestone. We hope 4-H alumni, current 4H members, former and present leaders and staff will all join us in honoring this gentleman who has shaped the 4-H experience in such a positive direction. Even if some cannot attend the reception in person, we welcome your century cards and donations in C.J. Gauger’s honor.

S.I. Distributing introduces SCH Pro Flex Lifter S.I. Distributing has introduced a new product designed by the Schumacher Company - the SCH Pro Flex Lifter. This croplifter is specially designed for pulse crops such as edible beans, peas and lentils. The Pro Flex Lifter combines a simple design with durability for easier pulse crop harvesting. The Schumacher croplifter features a compact design and easy mounting to guarantee a tight fit on all types of combine guards. The length and angle of the Pro Flex Lifter is fully

adjustable to allow for optimal working conditions. The white color of the lifter finger provides maximum visibility in all crop and harvesting conditions and its high quality material ensures extended durability. Advantages: • The Pro Flex Lifter has a long slot to guarantee a tight fit on all popular guards • The white colored crop lifter finger provides maximum visibility in all crop conditions • The high quality crop lifter fin-

ger ensures longer life and reduced distortion • The crop lifter finger is adjustable in length • The crop lifter finger is adjustable for angle S.I. Distributing Inc. is a nationwide distributor and manufacturer of agricultural products designed to improve efficiency and performance of planting and harvesting equipment. They have provided successful innovations for agriculture since 1979.


IOWA FARM BUREAU SPOKESMAN

FEBRUARY 19, 2014

NORTH WEST IOWA

LYON . OSCEOLA . DICKINSON . EMMET . SIOUX . O’BRIEN . CLAY . PALO ALTO . PLYMOUTH . CHEROKEE BUENA VISTA . POCAHONTAS . WOODBURY . IDA . SAC . CALHOUN . MONONA . CRAWFORD . CARROLL . GREENE

Free online Beef Quality Assurance certification SUBMITTED BY CHEROKEE, CLAY, PLYMOUTH Thanks to a partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., your beef checkofffunded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program is offering free online BQA Certification for approximately two months. This opportunity is open to all beef and dairy producers, veterinarians, allied partners, agricultural friends and students from Feb.6April 15, 2014. Beef Quality Assurance provides cattlemen with the tools they need to produce the safest, high-

est quality beef in the world while also looking at ways to make their operations more efficient and productive. The BQA Program is the gold standard of livestock handling and animal welfare programs

FARM FAMILY FAVORITES

Taco Soup Joyce Jirak, Cresco (Howard County) 2 lbs. ground beef 2 packages dry ranch dressing 3-4 c. water (depending on your desired consistency) 2 small cans chili beans 2 cans corn, drained 2 cans diced tomatoes with chilies

Brown and drain ground beef. Add the remaining ingredients until thoroughly cooked. Can be served with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and Dorito chips.

Cherry Coffee Cake Maribel Binns, Maquoketa (Jackson County) 1 c. margarine 1-3/4 c. sugar 4 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla 3 c. all-purpose flour 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 1 can cherry pie filling

Cream margarine and sugar; and add eggs and vanilla. Sift flour, baking powder and salt in creamed mixture. Spread 2/3 of combined ingredients into a prepared 9x13-inch pan. Swirl cherry pie filling over, and add the rest of the batter on top. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 minutes. While cake is still warm, drizzle powdered sugar frosting on top.

Quick n’ Easy Casserole Denise Shipp, Underwood (W. Pottawattamie County) 1-1/2 lbs. ground beef 1/4 tsp. salt 1 (24-oz.) package frozen hash browns, thawed 1 (10-3/4 oz.) can of cream of mushroom soup 1/4 c. milk 1 c. sour cream 2 c. shredded cheddar cheese 1 medium onion, chopped 1 (2.8-oz.) French fried onions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In heavy skillet, cook ground beef with salt until browned, and break into small pieces. Transfer beef to large bowl. Add potatoes, both soups, milk, sour cream and onion; mix well. Spread into 9x13-inch prepared baking pan. Bake 30 minutes. Top with fried onions. Bake 15 minutes more or until bubbly. Serves 8.

to demonstrate the industry’s commitment to continually improve the sound production practices most cattlemen use every day to build beef demand. The online BQA program has customized programs specific to cow/ calf, stocker, feedlot or dairy operations. These easy-to-use modules

teach sound management techniques they can apply to their operation. The cattle industry has embraced BQA because it is the right thing to do; and it also helps cattle operations tell their story to consumers who might not understand all of the safety measures cattlemen take in producing the food on the table. Those interested in taking advantage of this free online BQA certification opportunity should start at www.BIVI-BQA.com for the online modules. Click on Beef Quality As-

surance and Beef Cattle Care or one of the other 18 categories available (Comprehensive Beef Quality Assurance–recommended), register and enter code: BIVIBQA for your payment method. After all videos within a specific category have been observed with quizzes passed successfully, you will become BQA certified. For more information, contact Doug Bear, Iowa’s BQA coordinator at doug@iabeef.org or 515296-2305.

S.I. Distributing introduces SCH Pro Flex Lifter S.I. Distributing has introduced a new product designed by the Schumacher Company - the SCH Pro Flex Lifter. This croplifter is specially designed for pulse crops such as edible beans, peas and lentils. The Pro Flex Lifter combines a simple design with durability for easier pulse crop harvesting. The Schumacher croplifter features a compact design and easy mounting to guarantee a tight fit on all types of combine guards. The length and angle of the Pro Flex Lifter is fully

adjustable to allow for optimal working conditions. The white color of the lifter finger provides maximum visibility in all crop and harvesting conditions and its high quality material ensures extended durability. Advantages: • The Pro Flex Lifter has a long slot to guarantee a tight fit on all popular guards • The white colored crop lifter finger provides maximum visibility in all crop conditions • The high quality crop lifter finger

ensures longer life and reduced distortion • The crop lifter finger is adjustable in length • The crop lifter finger is adjustable for angle S.I. Distributing Inc. is a nationwide distributor and manufacturer of agricultural products designed to improve efficiency and performance of planting and harvesting equipment. They have provided successful innovations for agriculture since 1979.

Iowans selected to oversee National Beef Checkoff Program SUBMITTED BY CHEROKEE, CLAY, CRAWFORD Four Iowa beef producers were selected to serve on national committees to oversee the Beef Checkoff at the 2014 Cattle Industry Annual Convention held in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 4-7, 2014. Terri Carstensen, Odebolt, and Scott McGregor, Nashua, will serve one- year terms on the Beef Promotion Operating Committee, which, following input from beef producers nationwide, will make final budget allocations for FY 2015 national Beef Checkoff Programs. Dean Black, Somers, and Kent Pruismann, Rock Valley, were selected to serve on the Executive Committee of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board. Black and Pruismann, appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, represent Iowa cattle producers on the Beef Board. The 11-member Executive Committee operates under the direction of and within the policies established by the full board and is responsible for carrying out Beef Board policies and conducting business and making decisions necessary to administer the terms and provisions of the Act and Order between meetings of the full board. Carstensen and McGregor represent the Iowa Beef Industry Council on the Federation of State Beef Councils, which is an alliance of 45

Iowa cattle producers elected to oversee The Beef Checkoff Program include (from left) Scott McGregor, Nashua; Dean Black, Somers; Terri Carstensen, Odebolt; and Kent Pruismann, Rock Valley.

state beef councils that collect the $1 per-head beef checkoff. Beef councils forward 50 cents of the $1 beef checkoff to the national Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) and retain the other 50 cents for in-state use or to re-invest with the Federation to extend national beef promotion efforts. Each year the beef checkoff undergoes a producer-driven budget and program planning process. The Operating Committee, with 10 Federation members and 10 CBB members, approves the final national plan. National programs are funded by investments from the Federation (from state beef council investments) and the national 50 cents, collected through the Cattlemen’s Beef Board. The Operating Com-

mittee will approve plans for FY 2015, which begins Oct. 1, 2015. The beef checkoff is a $1-perhead assessment a majority of cattlemen voted upon themselves in 1986 to spend on advertising, beef safety research, product enhancement, new product development, foodservice and retail programs and consumer education. Importers are assessed a comparable amount for beef products they import into the United States. Support for the beef checkoff, at 78 percent, is the highest recorded in the past 21 years, according to a recent survey of 1,225 beef and dairy producers nationwide. For more information about checkoff programs, visit www.MyBeefCheckoff.com.


IOWA FARM BUREAU SPOKESMAN

FEBRUARY 19, 2014

SOUTH EAST IOWA

MAHASKA . KEOKUK . WASHINGTON . LOUISA . MUSCATINE . MONROE . WAPELLO . JEFFERSON . HENRY . DES MOINES . APPANOOSE . DAVIS . VAN BUREN . LEE

Free online Beef Quality Assurance certification SUBMITTED BY KEOKUK, MUSCATINE Thanks to a partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., your beef checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program is offering free online BQA Certification for approximately two months. This opportunity is open to all beef and dairy producers, veterinarians, allied partners, agricultural friends and students from Feb. 6 to April 15, 2014. Beef Quality Assurance provides cattlemen with the tools they need to produce the safest, highest quality beef in the world while also looking at ways to make

their operations more efficient and productive. The BQA Program is the gold standard of livestock handling and animal welfare programs to demonstrate the industry’s commitment to continually improve the sound production practices most cattlemen use every day to build beef demand. The online BQA program has customized programs specific to cow/ calf, stocker, feedlot or dairy operations. These easy-to-use modules teach sound management techniques they can apply to their operation. The cattle industry has embraced BQA because it is the right thing

FARM FAMILY FAVORITES

Taco Soup Joyce Jirak, Cresco (Howard County) 2 lbs. ground beef 2 packages dry ranch dressing 3-4 c. water (depending on your desired consistency) 2 small cans chili beans 2 cans corn, drained 2 cans diced tomatoes with chilies

Brown and drain ground beef. Add the remaining ingredients until thoroughly cooked. Can be served with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and Dorito chips.

Cherry Coffee Cake Maribel Binns, Maquoketa (Jackson County) 1 c. margarine 1-3/4 c. sugar 4 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla 3 c. all-purpose flour 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 1 can cherry pie filling

Cream margarine and sugar; and add eggs and vanilla. Sift flour, baking powder and salt in creamed mixture. Spread 2/3 of combined ingredients into a prepared 9x13-inch pan. Swirl cherry pie filling over, and add the rest of the batter on top. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 minutes. While cake is still warm, drizzle powdered sugar frosting on top.

Quick n’ Easy Casserole Denise Shipp, Underwood (W. Pottawattamie County) 1-1/2 lbs. ground beef 1/4 tsp. salt 1 (24-oz.) package frozen hash browns, thawed 1 (10-3/4 oz.) can of cream of mushroom soup 1/4 c. milk 1 c. sour cream 2 c. shredded cheddar cheese 1 medium onion, chopped 1 (2.8-oz.) French fried onions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In heavy skillet, cook ground beef with salt until browned, and break into small pieces. Transfer beef to large bowl. Add potatoes, both soups, milk, sour cream and onion; mix well. Spread into 9x13-inch prepared baking pan. Bake 30 minutes. Top with fried onions. Bake 15 minutes more or until bubbly. Serves 8.

to do, and it also helps cattle operations tell their story to consumers who might not understand all of the safety measures cattlemen take in producing the food on the table. Those interested in taking advantage of this free online BQA certification opportunity should start at

www.BIVI-BQA.com for the online modules. Click on Beef Quality Assurance and Beef Cattle Care or one of the other eighteen categories available (Comprehensive Beef Quality Assurance–recommended), register and enter code: BIVIBQA for your payment method. After all

videos within a specific category have been observed with quizzes passed successfully, you will become BQA certified! For more information, contact Doug Bear, Iowa’s BQA coordinator, at doug@iabeef.org or 515-2962305.

S.I. Distributing introduces SCH Pro Flex Lifter S.I. Distributing has introduced a new product designed by the Schumacher Company - the SCH Pro Flex Lifter. This croplifter is specially designed for pulse crops such as edible beans, peas and lentils. The Pro Flex Lifter combines a simple design with durability for easier pulse crop harvesting. The Schumacher croplifter features a compact design and easy mounting to guarantee a tight fit on all types of combine guards. The length and angle of the Pro Flex

Lifter is fully adjustable to allow for optimal working conditions. The white color of the lifter finger provides maximum visibility in all crop and harvesting conditions and its high quality material ensures extended durability. Advantages: • The Pro Flex Lifter has a long slot to guarantee a tight fit on all popular guards • The white colored crop lifter finger provides maximum visibility in all crop conditions

• The high quality crop lifter finger ensures longer life and reduced distortion • The crop lifter finger is adjustable in length • The crop lifter finger is adjustable for angle S.I. Distributing Inc. is a nationwide distributor and manufacturer of agricultural products designed to improve efficiency and performance of planting and harvesting equipment. They have provided successful innovations for agriculture since 1979.

Farm bill delivers little positive certainly for cattle producers SUBMITTED BY KEOKUK, WAPELLO The finality of a farm bill will give many Iowa farmers some clarity on their path forward for the next five years after President Barack Obama signs it on Friday. The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association certainly appreciates that some farmers will benefit from that action. However, the only certainty the bill provides Iowa cattle producers is that they will have a great deal of uncertainty in export markets with two of the country’s largest beef buyers. The final bill passed by the U.S. Senate and House did not provide any solutions for mandatory Country

of Origin Labeling (mCOOL). The current rules, which require muscle meats to be labeled with the locations of the birth, care and slaughter of the animal have been challenged by Canada and Mexico, the number two and three markets for U.S. beef. Currently, those two countries add nearly $2 billion to the U.S. economy through their beef purchases. Both countries are challenging the implementation of COOL by the U.S.; if the U.S. loses, Canada and Mexico have each indicated they will implement 100 percent tariffs (taxes) on beef products brought into their countries. mCOOL will add expenses to the work of cow/calf producers and

cattle feeders. It will also increase costs for consumers, and that is not positive in today’s beef market. The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association will continue to work forward on this topic, supporting efforts by the National Cattlemen’s Association to mitigate the impact through the appellate courts, World Trade Organization decisions, and congressional actions. Mostly, the cattle community is disappointed that the conference committee did not include language to handle the issue in the final farm bill. Both the U.S. House and Senate had adopted language to support it before the conference committee.

Nominations sought for Iowa Farm Environmental Leader awards SUBMITTED BY HENRY The Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award is a joint effort of the Governor, Lt. Governor, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources to recognize the exemplary voluntary efforts of Iowa’s farmers as environmental leaders committed to healthy soils and improved water quality. It recognizes those that have taken steps in their farming operations that improve or pro-

tect the environment and natural resources of our state while also serving as local leaders to encourage other farmers to follow in their footsteps by building success upon success. As environmental leaders, these farmers have adopted best management practices and incorporated environmental stewardship throughout their farming operations. True stewards of the land, they recognize that improved water quality and soil sustainability reaps benefits that extend beyond

their fields to reach the citizens of Iowa and beyond, and have made environmental stewardship a priority on their farms. The nomination form is due June 15, 2014. Awards and recognition signs are presented by the Governor, the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture and the Iowa DNR director during a ceremony at the Iowa State Fair in August. The nomination form can be found at www.iowaagriculture.gov/EnvironmentalLeader.asp.


IOWA FARM BUREAU SPOKESMAN

FEBRUARY 19, 2014

SOUTH WEST IOWA

HARRISON . SHELBY . AUDUBON . GUTHRIE . ADAIR . CASS . WEST POTTAWATTAMIE . EAST POTTAWATTAMIE . MILLS . MONTGOMERY ADAMS . UNION . CLARKE . LUCAS . FREMONT . PAGE . TAYLOR . RINGGOLD . DECATUR . WAYNE

Free online Beef Quality Assurance Certification offered SUBMITTED BY DECATUR, FREMONT/MILLS, HARRISON, UNION Thanks to a partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., your beef check-off funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program is offering free online BQA Certification for approximately two months. This opportunity is open to all beef and dairy producers, veterinarians, allied partners, agricultural

friends and students from Feb. 6 through April 15. Beef Quality Assurance provides cattlemen with the tools they need to produce the safest, highest quality beef in the world while also looking at ways to make their operations more efficient and productive. The BQA Program is the gold standard of livestock handling and animal welfare programs to demonstrate the industry’s commitment to continu-

ally improve the sound production practices most cattlemen use every day to build beef demand. The online BQA program has customized programs specific to cow/calf, stocker, feedlot or dairy operations. These easy-to-use modules teach sound management techniques that can be applied to the operation. The cattle industry has embraced BQA because it is the right thing to do; and it also helps

cattle operations tell their story to consumers who might not understand all of the safety measures cattlemen take in producing the food on the table. Those interested in taking advantage of this free online BQA certification opportunity, should start at www.BIVI-BQA.com for the online modules. Click on “beef quality assurance and beef cattle care” or one of the other 18 categories avail-

able (comprehensive beef quality assurance–recommended), register and enter code: BIVIBQA for your payment method. After all videos within a specific category have been observed with quizzes passed successfully, you will become BQA certified! For more information, contact Doug Bear, Iowa’s BQA coordinator at doug@iabeef.org or 515-2962305.

Shelby County FB presents donation FARM FAMILY FAVORITES

Taco Soup Joyce Jirak, Cresco (Howard County) 2 lbs. ground beef 2 packages dry ranch dressing 3-4 c. water (depending on your desired consistency) 2 small cans chili beans 2 cans corn, drained 2 cans diced tomatoes with chilies

Brown and drain ground beef. Add the remaining ingredients until thoroughly cooked. Can be served with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and Dorito chips.

Over a three year period, Shelby County Farm Bureau will donate $6,000 to the Shelby County Fair Board. The funds will be used toward the new show ring currently under construction. A plaque will designate Shelby County Farm Bureau as a “Grand Champion Donor.” The first of three $2,000 checks was presented to Kent Ganzer, Shelby County Fair Board president, at the January board meeting. Joining together to present funds are Shelby County Farm Bureau board members (front) Todd Blum (voting delegate), Eric Monson (treasurer), Ganzer, Matthew Schechinger (president), Chris Evans (vice president), (back) Sam Kenkel, Jerry Buman, Pat Kenkel, Ron Miller, Grant Dixon, Gaylen Smith, Jerod Johnson, Alan Kenkel, Mike Fara, Dan Heller and Randy Nelson. PHOTO COURTESY OF SHELBY COUNTY.

Cherry Coffee Cake Maribel Binns, Maquoketa (Jackson County) 1 c. margarine 1-3/4 c. sugar 4 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla 3 c. all-purpose flour 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 1 can cherry pie filling

Cream margarine and sugar; and add eggs and vanilla. Sift flour, baking powder and salt in creamed mixture. Spread 2/3 of combined ingredients into a prepared 9x13-inch pan. Swirl cherry pie filling over, and add the rest of the batter on top. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 minutes. While cake is still warm, drizzle powdered sugar frosting on top.

Quick n’ Easy Casserole Denise Shipp, Underwood (W. Pottawattamie County) 1-1/2 lbs. ground beef 1/4 tsp. salt 1 (24-oz.) package frozen hash browns, thawed 1 (10-3/4 oz.) can of cream of mushroom soup 1/4 c. milk 1 c. sour cream 2 c. shredded cheddar cheese 1 medium onion, chopped 1 (2.8-oz.) French fried onions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In heavy skillet, cook ground beef with salt until browned, and break into small pieces. Transfer beef to large bowl. Add potatoes, both soups, milk, sour cream and onion; mix well. Spread into 9x13-inch prepared baking pan. Bake 30 minutes. Top with fried onions. Bake 15 minutes more or until bubbly. Serves 8.

Iowa 4-H pioneer to celebrate a century

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SUBMITTED BY RINGGOLD is Head, Heart, Hands and Health have served him well for almost 100 years. CJ Gauger, an Iowa 4-H pioneer, will celebrate his century birthday in early March and the Iowa 4-H Foundation is planning a birthday reception for this very special occasion. C.J. Gauger’s 100th birthday reception will take place on Saturday, March 8, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at Green Hills Retirement Community located at 2200 Hamilton Drive in Ames. Kris Fish Kuhlmann, execu-

tive director of the Iowa 4-H Foundation, said “C.J. has had a profound influence on thousands of young people throughout his lifetime. In addition to the reception, it would please him greatly to receive cards from anyone who has been associated with 4-H.” C.J. was born March 6, 1914, in Girard, Iowa. His father was a Methodist minister whose pastorates took the family to several locations during his youth. C.J. said his real education came from participating in 4-H for several years following his graduation and that’s when he realized a desire to attend Iowa State College. He received his

degree and taught high school agriculture for several years before serving his country briefly during World War II. After returning from service he resumed teaching for a short time before being recruited for a county Extension agent position. In 1959 he became the State 4-H Leader of Iowa, a position he held until he retired in 1979. C.J’s belief in the genius of 4-H is so keen that he and his late wife, Dorothy, endowed a fund at the Iowa 4-H Foundation to help provide resources for future generations of Iowa young people to participate in experiential learning and development through 4-H.

S.I. Distributing introduces SCH Pro Flex Lifter S.I. Distributing has introduced a new product designed by the Schumacher Company - the SCH Pro Flex Lifter. This croplifter is specially designed for pulse crops such as edible beans, peas and lentils. The Pro Flex Lifter combines a simple design with durability for easier pulse crop harvesting. The Schumacher croplifter features a compact design and easy mounting to guarantee a tight fit on all types of combine guards. The length and angle of the Pro Flex Lifter is fully

adjustable to allow for optimal working conditions. The white color of the lifter finger provides maximum visibility in all crop and harvesting conditions and its high quality material ensures extended durability. Advantages: • The Pro Flex Lifter has a long slot to guarantee a tight fit on all popular guards • The white colored crop lifter finger provides maximum visibility in all crop conditions • The high quality crop lifter fin-

ger ensures longer life and reduced distortion • The crop lifter finger is adjustable in length • The crop lifter finger is adjustable for angle S.I. Distributing Inc. is a nationwide distributor and manufacturer of agricultural products designed to improve efficiency and performance of planting and harvesting equipment. They have provided successful innovations for agriculture since 1979.


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