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IOWA FARM BUREAU SPOKESMAN

MAY 21, 2014

CENTRAL IOWA

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

BQA training, Carcass Challenge awards, policy discussion all on tap June 5-6 for Iowa’s cattle producers SUBMITTED BY BOONE, DALLAS, MADISON, MARSHALL Whether you are interested in becoming certified in Beef Quality Assurance (BQA), learning more about efficient feedyard management tools, celebrating with the steer donors and winners of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Carcass Challenge Contest or participating in discussion about policy issues, an early June event is the place for you. On June 5-6, the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association will combine all these events at the new Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center in Ames. BQA training is from 1-3 p.m. on June 5. Dr. Kip Lukasiewicz, a well-known BQA trainer, will

start the session demonstrating and discussing low-stress, effective cattle handling. BQA certification will follow that session. At 3:30 p.m. and 4:15 p.m., two concurrent educational sessions on BQA feedyard management tools will be held. Dr. Nathan Pyatt, a technical consultant with Elanco, will talk about the new FDA feed guidance regulations and the use of antibiotics in the feedyard in the first session. In the second session he will discuss practical tips for implementing BQA protocols in total mix ration (TMR) processes and delivering those rations to the bunk. Speaking opposite of Pyatt will be Dr. Brett Terhaar, a senior tech-

nical veterinarian with Elanco. His first session is about managing moderate to high-risk cattle to reduce death loss and lower total vet med bills per head. The second session that Terhaar will present is chute-side techniques in the feedyard to reduce implant defects and improve vaccine response. The ICA Carcass Challenge awards program will begin with a 5 p.m. reception, followed by a banquet and awards announcement. The program, which is finishing its third year, showcases Iowa’s feedyard performance and cattle genetics in an event which is a major project for the Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program class. On Friday, June 6, the focus

of the meeting will turn to policy educational sessions and policy development discussions. The day starts at 8 a.m. with a discussion of national policy topics led by Ashley McDonald, deputy environmental counsel for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Her presentation will be followed by a review of state issues presented by ICA contract lobbyist Lindsay Phillips and Justine Stevenson, the ICA Director of Government Relations and Public Policy. At 10 a.m., concurrent sessions will be held. One will be a beef products policy discussion, and the other will be an education session on predicting and verifying calf performance, presented by Warren Weibert, the owner and general

manager of Decatur County Feedyard, and Dr. Mark Allan, director of marketing and genomics at Trans Ova in Sioux Center. In the afternoon, three concurrent sessions will be held. They are cattle production policy discussion, business issues policy discussion and an educational session on animal disease traceability and premises registration, led by State Veterinarian Dave Schmitt and Kevin Petersburg, the assistant district director in the Iowa office of USDA-APHIS. All meals, except the Carcass Challenge banquet, are free and will be provided at the events. If you plan to attend, please call 515296-2266 to register so adequate meal plans can be made.

Sign up for 2014 Economic Summit SUBMITTED BY STORY Big data, drones and other fast-evolving technological advances are just around the corner, how will this impact your farming operation? New federal government farm programs and changing land values – what’s it mean for you? Will Chi-

na’s rapid economic growth affect exports of agriculture products from the U.S.? Are you prepared? These are just some of the questions that will be explored at Iowa Farm Bureau’s 2014 Economic Summit, July 21-22. This two-day event, moderated by

Market-to-Market’s Mike Pearson, is packed with leading national experts – like David Oppedahl, economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago; Kevin Price, Kansas State University’s national expert on drone use in agriculture; Mary Kay Thatcher, farm policy expert with the Amer-

FARM FAMILY FAVORITES

Rhubarb-Raisin Pie Dorothy Kuck, Frankenmuth, MI (Greene County member) 2 c. rhubarb, finely sliced 1 c. sugar Dash of salt 1 egg, well beaten

1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs 1/2 c. raisins 2 Tbsp. butter, melted Pastry for 2-crust pie

Combine rhubarb, salt and sugar. Let stand for 10 minutes. Prepare pie pastry, and place in 9-inch pie plate. Stir in egg, cracker crumbs, raisins and butter. Pour into pie crust, and place top crust. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 to 40 minutes.

Rhubarb Dream Cake Marilyn Patner, Marion (Linn County) 1 package of your favorite yellow cake mix 4-6 c. rhubarb, chopped 1 c. granulated sugar

1 can evaporated milk Whipped cream or ice cream

Prepare cake mix as per package directions. Pour into a 9x13x2-inch greased pan. Sprinkle rhubarb over top of cake batter. Sprinkle sugar over top of rhubarb. Pour evaporated milk over sugar. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 40-45 minutes, or until top is golden brown. Serve hot or cold with whipped cream or ice cream.

Cucumber Salad Mary Wiegand, Drakesville (Davis County) 7 c. sliced cucumbers 1 c. onions, chopped 1 c. green peppers, finely chopped 2 Tbsp. salt

Dressing: 2 c. sugar 2 c. cider vinegar 2 tsp. celery seeds

Toss vegetables and salt together, and put in refrigerator for one hour. Prepare dressing. Drain cucumber mixture, and stir in dressing.

ican Farm Bureau Federation; U.S. Secretary of Ag, Tom Vilsack and Will Zhang, an Iowa-based expert on China– just to name a few. Get an in-depth look at a new set of drivers that are emerging and their potential to affect agriculture in Iowa and around the world. You’ll also

learn about the long-term outlook for fertilizer, weather, crops and livestock and hear about opportunities in livestock production that have the potential to become key drivers in Ag profitability. To register, log on to www.iowafarmbureau.com and click on 2014 Economic Summit.

Sign-up deadline near for IFBF young farmer educational trip to Chicago and Indiana The pre-registration period for the annual young farmer trip ends on June 6. The educational trip will be July 15 - 16, 2014 and participants will view trading activity at the Chicago Board of Trade building, hear from great speakers, and tour Fair Oaks Farms – a farm specifically organized to tell the story of agriculture. A chartered bus will leave the Iowa Farm Bureau building in West Des Moines on July 15. A stop will be made for a group lunch and to pick up more participants in Coralville. The evening of the first day can be used for Chicago sightseeing. The group will be staying at the Inn of Chicago Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago. The second day will start at the Visitor’s Gallery at the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) building. Participants will be viewing the trading action and listen to speakers with current information. The trip is a rare opportunity to learn about markets and view the open-outcry futures markets in action on the same day. After the CBOT building, the members will visit Fair Oaks Farms, the biggest agri-tourism attraction in the United States. Time will be spent

experiencing how this innovative group of farmers has put together a working farm that shows the nonfarm public a modern view of agriculture. Fair Oaks is half way between Chicago and Indianapolis and attracts nearly 500,000 visitors. Activities will include the Dairy and Pig Adventures with opportunity to see first-hand how agriculture is promoted. The group will have lunch at Fair Oaks and return from there to Iowa. The pre-paid fee for the trip is $110 per person. To register, go to www.iowafarmbureau.com and click on the 2014 Young Farmer Trip picture. Payment is by credit card or check and registration is not final until payment is received in Iowa Farm Bureau office. The trip is planned to accommodate 50 young Farm Bureau members from 19 to 35 years of age. Members will participate in the trip on a first come-first served basis If you have questions regarding the trip, please contact Ed Kordick, ekordick@ifbf.org. www.iowafarmbureau.com Trip Dates: July 15 - 16, 2014 Pre-registration ends: June 6 Members from 19-35 Trip Fee: $110


IOWA FARM BUREAU SPOKESMAN

MAY 21, 2014

EAST IOWA

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

Sen. Rita Hart is pictured with Emma Boesch outside the Capitol dome.

Emma Boesch and her mother, Treva. PHOTOS COURTESY OF CLINTON COUNTY.

Hart welcomes job shadow SUBMITTED BY CLINTON BY SEN. RITA HART Sen. Rita Hart welcomed Emma Boesch, a high school student from Charlotte, to spend

a day on the floor of the Iowa State Senate. Emma is interested in pursuing a career in the political science area, she spent her day with Sen. Hart sitting in

on the morning routine: prayer, announcements, points of order, etc., before listening to the debate on the Senate floor. In addition, she learned about the

FARM FAMILY FAVORITES

Rhubarb-Raisin Pie Dorothy Kuck, Frankenmuth, MI (Greene County member) 2 c. rhubarb, finely sliced 1 c. sugar Dash of salt 1 egg, well beaten

1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs 1/2 c. raisins 2 Tbsp. butter, melted Pastry for 2-crust pie

Combine rhubarb, salt and sugar. Let stand for 10 minutes. Prepare pie pastry, and place in 9-inch pie plate. Stir in egg, cracker crumbs, raisins and butter. Pour into pie crust, and place top crust. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 to 40 minutes.

Rhubarb Dream Cake Marilyn Platner, Marion (Linn County) 1 package of your favorite yellow cake mix 4-6 c. rhubarb, chopped 1 c. granulated sugar

1 can evaporated milk Whipped cream or ice cream

Prepare cake mix as per package directions. Pour into a 9x13x2-inch greased pan. Sprinkle rhubarb over top of cake batter. Sprinkle sugar over top of rhubarb. Pour evaporated milk over sugar. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 40-45 minutes, or until top is golden brown. Serve hot or cold with whipped cream or ice cream.

Cucumber Salad Mary Wiegand, Drakesville (Davis County) 7 c. sliced cucumbers 1 c. onions, chopped 1 c. green peppers, finely chopped 2 Tbsp. salt

Dressing: 2 c. sugar 2 c. cider vinegar 2 tsp. celery seeds

Toss vegetables and salt together, and put in refrigerator for one hour. Prepare dressing. Drain cucumber mixture, and stir in dressing.

political process with subcommittees and committee work and the research that it takes to fully understand and “tweak” a bill before it comes to the floor for

a vote. Emma ended her day’s experience by having Sen. Hart take her and her mother, Treva, all the way to the outside of the Capitol dome.

Sign-up deadline near for IFBF young farmer educational trip to Chicago and Indiana The pre-registration period for the annual young farmer trip ends on June 6. The educational trip will be July 15 - 16, 2014 and participants will view trading activity at the Chicago Board of Trade building, hear from great speakers, and tour Fair Oaks Farms – a farm specifically organized to tell the story of agriculture. A chartered bus will leave the Iowa Farm Bureau building in West Des Moines on July 15. A stop will be made for a group lunch and to pick up more participants in Coralville. The evening of the first day can be used for Chicago sightseeing. The group will be staying at the Inn of Chicago Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago. The second day will start at the Visitor’s Gallery at the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) building. Participants will be viewing the trading action and listen to speakers with current information. The trip is a rare opportunity to learn about markets and view the open-outcry futures markets in action on the same day. After the CBOT building, the members will visit Fair Oaks Farms, the biggest agri-tourism attraction in the United States. Time will be spent experiencing how this innovative

group of farmers has put together a working farm that shows the nonfarm public a modern view of agriculture. Fair Oaks is half way between Chicago and Indianapolis and attracts nearly 500,000 visitors. Activities will include the Dairy and Pig Adventures with opportunity to see first-hand how agriculture is promoted. The group will have lunch at Fair Oaks and return from there to Iowa. The pre-paid fee for the trip is $110 per person. To register, go to www.iowafarmbureau.com and click on the 2014 Young Farmer Trip picture. Payment is by credit card or check and registration is not final until payment is received in Iowa Farm Bureau office. The trip is planned to accommodate 50 young Farm Bureau members from 19 to 35 years of age. Members will participate in the trip on a first come-first served basis If you have questions regarding the trip, please contact Ed Kordick, ekordick@ifbf.org.

www.iowafarmbureau.com Trip Dates: July 15 - 16, 2014 Pre-registration ends: June 6 Members from 19-35 Trip Fee: $110


IOWA FARM BUREAU SPOKESMAN

MAY 21, 2014

NORTH IOWA

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

Farm Safety Day a success SUBMITTED BY BUTLER On Thursday, May 1, the Butler County Extension held its farm safety day where students from the county learn how to identify and deal with farm safety hazards. This was held at the fairgrounds in Allison. There were 200 youth and adult leaders from Aplington-Parkersburg, Clarksville and North Butler elementary schools that participated. Hands-on experience, led by local community members, FFA clubs and the Butler County 4-H

Council members taught camp participants lifetime safety lessons. The hope was that by sharing the lessons learned at the event, participants will reduce the number of rural children who die or are injured in farm accidents. Some of the topics covered at the safety day event were sun safety, ATV safety, firearm safety, animal safety, grain safety, chemical safety, water safety, bike safety, railroad safety, electrical safety, emergency and the Soy House.

Each year at the Farm Safety Day event the Butler County Farm Bureau serves lunch to the people involved in the presentations. This year 49 presenters enjoyed beef burgers, chips, brownies and a drink at lunch. The camp was sponsored by the following local organization: Butler County Dairy Association, Butler County REC, Iowa DNR, ISU Extension, Butler County Farm Bureau, Butler County Sheriff and the Butler County Public Health.

One of the most interesting examples of farm safety is the grain bin exhibit where students try to pull hard enough on the rope of the display to save someone when trapped in moving grain inside the bin.

Crabgrass control SUBMITTED BY CHICKASAW, HOWARD Crabgrass is an annual, warm-season grass common in many lawns. Germination of crabgrass seeds usually begins early May in northern parts of the state. Germination begins when soil temperatures reach 55 to 60 degrees F. Crabgrass seeds continue to germinate over several weeks from spring into summer. The best way to prevent crabgrass infestations in lawns is to

maintain a thick, healthy lawn through proper mowing, watering and fertilization. Crabgrass has a difficult time germinating and surviving in thick turf. Lawns with crabgrass infestations can use pre-emergent and post-emergent herbicides to help control the problem. The key to success with a preemergence herbicide application is timing. Preemergence herbicides must be applied before the crabgrass seeds germinate. If the material is applied

too early, crabgrass seeds that germinate late in the season will not be controlled. If applied too late, some crabgrass will have already germinated. Preemergence herbicides should normally be applied late April to early May in northern areas of the state. Using natural sequences in nature, the preemergence herbicide should be applied when the Eastern redbud trees are blooming. Crabgrass seed germination typically begins after full bloom of redbud trees.

FARM FAMILY FAVORITES

Rhubarb-Raisin Pie Dorothy Kuck, Frankenmuth, MI (Greene County member) 2 c. rhubarb, finely sliced 1 c. sugar Dash of salt 1 egg, well beaten

1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs 1/2 c. raisins 2 Tbsp. butter, melted Pastry for 2-crust pie

Combine rhubarb, salt and sugar. Let stand for 10 minutes. Prepare pie pastry, and place in 9-inch pie plate. Stir in egg, cracker crumbs, raisins and butter. Pour into pie crust, and place top crust. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 to 40 minutes.

Rhubarb Dream Cake Marilyn Platner, Marion (Linn County) 1 package of your favorite yellow cake mix 4-6 c. rhubarb, chopped 1 c. granulated sugar

1 can evaporated milk Whipped cream or ice cream

Prepare cake mix as per package directions. Pour into a 9x13x2-inch greased pan. Sprinkle rhubarb over top of cake batter. Sprinkle sugar over top of rhubarb. Pour evaporated milk over sugar. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 40-45 minutes, or until top is golden brown. Serve hot or cold with whipped cream or ice cream.

Cucumber Salad Mary Wiegand, Drakesville (Davis County) 7 c. sliced cucumbers 1 c. onions, chopped 1 c. green peppers, finely chopped 2 Tbsp. salt

Dressing: 2 c. sugar 2 c. cider vinegar 2 tsp. celery seeds

Toss vegetables and salt together, and put in refrigerator for one hour. Prepare dressing. Drain cucumber mixture, and stir in dressing.

An “organic” control option for a preemergence herbicide is to apply corn gluten meal. Corn gluten meal is a byproduct of the corn wet-milling process. It inhibits the root formation of most germinating plants. If it does not rain within 5 days of application, water it in with approximately ¼ inch of water. It will usually work for about 5 to 6 weeks following germination. Rates are generally 20 pounds product per 1,000 ft2. This also provides about 1 pound of nitro-

gen per 1,000 ft2. If preemergence strategies fail, crabgrass can also be controlled with postemergence herbicides. Postemergence herbicides are effective when applied to small, actively growing plants within the 3 to 5 leaf stage of development. Postemergence herbicides are not effective against large, well established crabgrass plants. For more information about yard and garden care, visit your county ISU Extension office or www.extension.iastate.edu.

Sign-up deadline near for IFBF young farmer educational trip to Chicago and Indiana The pre-registration period for the annual young farmer trip ends on June 6. The educational trip will be July 15 - 16, 2014 and participants will view trading activity at the Chicago Board of Trade building, hear from great speakers, and tour Fair Oaks Farms – a farm specifically organized to tell the story of agriculture. A chartered bus will leave the Iowa Farm Bureau building in West Des Moines on July 15. A stop will be made for a group lunch and to pick up more participants in Coralville. The evening of the first day can be used for Chicago sightseeing. The group will be staying at the Inn of Chicago Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago. The second day will start at the Visitor’s Gallery at the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) building. Participants will be viewing the trading action and listen to speakers with current information. The trip is a rare opportunity to learn about markets and view the open-outcry futures markets in action on the same day. After the CBOT building, the members will visit Fair Oaks Farms, the biggest agri-tourism attraction in the United States. Time will be spent experiencing how this innovative

group of farmers has put together a working farm that shows the nonfarm public a modern view of agriculture. Fair Oaks is half way between Chicago and Indianapolis and attracts nearly 500,000 visitors. Activities will include the Dairy and Pig Adventures with opportunity to see first-hand how agriculture is promoted. The group will have lunch at Fair Oaks and return from there to Iowa. The pre-paid fee for the trip is $110 per person. To register, go to www.iowafarmbureau.com and click on the 2014 Young Farmer Trip picture. Payment is by credit card or check and registration is not final until payment is received in Iowa Farm Bureau office. The trip is planned to accommodate 50 young Farm Bureau members from 19 to 35 years of age. Members will participate in the trip on a first come-first served basis If you have questions regarding the trip, please contact Ed Kordick, ekordick@ifbf.org.

www.iowafarmbureau.com Trip Dates: July 15 - 16, 2014 Pre-registration ends: June 6 Members from 19-35 Trip Fee: $110


IOWA FARM BUREAU SPOKESMAN

MAY 21, 2014

NORTH CENTRAL IOWA

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

BQA training, Carcass Challenge awards, policy discussion all on tap June 5-6 for Iowa’s cattle producers SUBMITTED BY HUMBOLDT, WINNEBAGO, WRIGHT Whether you are interested in becoming certified in Beef Quality Assurance (BQA), learning more about efficient feedyard management tools, celebrating with the steer donors and winners of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Carcass Challenge Contest or participating in discussion about policy issues, an early June event is the place for you. On June 5-6, the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association will combine all these events at the new Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center in Ames. BQA training is from 1-3 p.m. on June 5. Dr. Kip Lukasiewicz, a well-known BQA trainer, will start the session demonstrating and discussing low-stress, effective cattle handling. BQA certification will follow that session. At 3:30 p.m. and 4:15 p.m., two concurrent educational sessions on BQA feedyard management tools will be held. Dr. Nathan Pyatt, a technical consultant with Elanco, will talk about the new FDA feed guidance regulations and the use of antibiotics in

the feedyard in the first session. In the second session he will discuss practical tips for implementing BQA protocols in total mix ration (TMR) processes and delivering those rations to the bunk. Speaking opposite of Pyatt will be Dr. Brett Terhaar, a senior technical veterinarian with Elanco. His first session is about managing moderate to high-risk cattle to reduce death loss and lower total vet med bills per head. The second session that Terhaar will present is chute-side techniques in the feedyard to reduce implant defects and improve vaccine response. The ICA Carcass Challenge awards program will begin with a 5 p.m. reception, followed by a banquet and awards announcement. The program, which is finishing its third year, showcases Iowa’s feedyard performance and cattle genetics in an event which is a major project for the Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program class. On Friday, June 6, the focus of the meeting will turn to policy educational sessions and policy development discussions. The day starts at 8 a.m. with a discussion

of national policy topics led by Ashley McDonald, deputy environmental counsel for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Her presentation will be followed by a review of state issues presented by ICA contract lobbyist Lindsay Phillips and Justine Stevenson, the ICA Director of Government Relations and Public Policy. At 10 a.m., concurrent sessions will be held. One will be a beef products policy discussion, and the other will be an education session on predicting and verifying calf performance, presented by Warren Weibert, the owner and general manager of Decatur County Feedyard, and Dr. Mark Allan, director of marketing and genomics at Trans Ova in Sioux Center. In the afternoon, three concurrent sessions will be held. They are cattle production policy discussion, business issues policy discussion and an educational session on animal disease traceability and premises registration, led by State Veterinarian Dave Schmitt and Kevin Petersburg, the assistant district director in the Iowa office of USDA-APHIS.

FARM FAMILY FAVORITES

Rhubarb-Raisin Pie Dorothy Kuck, Frankenmuth, MI (Greene County member) 2 c. rhubarb, finely sliced 1 c. sugar Dash of salt 1 egg, well beaten

1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs 1/2 c. raisins 2 Tbsp. butter, melted Pastry for 2-crust pie

Combine rhubarb, salt and sugar. Let stand for 10 minutes. Prepare pie pastry, and place in 9-inch pie plate. Stir in egg, cracker crumbs, raisins and butter. Pour into pie crust, and place top crust. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 to 40 minutes.

Rhubarb Dream Cake Marilyn Patner, Marion (Linn County) 1 package of your favorite yellow cake mix 4-6 c. rhubarb, chopped 1 c. granulated sugar

1 can evaporated milk Whipped cream or ice cream

Prepare cake mix as per package directions. Pour into a 9x13x2-inch greased pan. Sprinkle rhubarb over top of cake batter. Sprinkle sugar over top of rhubarb. Pour evaporated milk over sugar. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 40-45 minutes, or until top is golden brown. Serve hot or cold with whipped cream or ice cream.

Cucumber Salad Mary Wiegand, Drakesville (Davis County) 7 c. sliced cucumbers 1 c. onions, chopped 1 c. green peppers, finely chopped 2 Tbsp. salt

Dressing: 2 c. sugar 2 c. cider vinegar 2 tsp. celery seeds

Toss vegetables and salt together, and put in refrigerator for one hour. Prepare dressing. Drain cucumber mixture, and stir in dressing.

All meals, except the Carcass Challenge banquet, are free and will be provided at the events. If

you plan to attend, please call 515296-2266 to register so adequate meal plans can be made.

Iowa FFA Degree recipients

The Iowa FFA Degree is the highest degree that can be bestowed upon a FFA member by the Iowa FFA Association each year. Only 5 percent of the FFA members in Iowa receive the degree. Each Iowa FFA Degree recipient receives a certificate and the golden State FFA Charm pin, which is made possible with support from DuPont Pioneer through the Iowa FFA Foundation. Receiving their Iowa FFA Degree this year were: Alexis Hanson, Gowrie; Alex Alliger, Gowrie; Clayton Taylor, Lohrville; Curt Castenson, Harcourt; and Taylor Nelson, Otho. PHOTO COURTESY OF WEBSTER COUNTY.

Sign-up deadline near for IFBF young farmer educational trip to Chicago and Indiana The pre-registration period for the annual young farmer trip ends on June 6. The educational trip will be July 15 - 16, 2014 and participants will view trading activity at the Chicago Board of Trade building, hear from great speakers, and tour Fair Oaks Farms – a farm specifically organized to tell the story of agriculture. A chartered bus will leave the Iowa Farm Bureau building in West Des Moines on July 15. A stop will be made for a group lunch and to pick up more participants in Coralville. The evening of the first day can be used for Chicago sightseeing. The group will be staying at the Inn of Chicago Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago. The second day will start at the Visitor’s Gallery at the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) building. Participants will be viewing the trading action and listen to speakers with current information. The trip is a rare opportunity to learn about markets and view the open-outcry futures markets in action on the same day. After the CBOT building, the members will visit Fair Oaks Farms, the biggest agri-tourism attraction in the United States. Time will be spent

experiencing how this innovative group of farmers has put together a working farm that shows the nonfarm public a modern view of agriculture. Fair Oaks is half way between Chicago and Indianapolis and attracts nearly 500,000 visitors. Activities will include the Dairy and Pig Adventures with opportunity to see first-hand how agriculture is promoted. The group will have lunch at Fair Oaks and return from there to Iowa. The pre-paid fee for the trip is $110 per person. To register, go to www.iowafarmbureau.com and click on the 2014 Young Farmer Trip picture. Payment is by credit card or check and registration is not final until payment is received in Iowa Farm Bureau office. The trip is planned to accommodate 50 young Farm Bureau members from 19 to 35 years of age. Members will participate in the trip on a first come-first served basis If you have questions regarding the trip, please contact Ed Kordick, ekordick@ifbf.org. www.iowafarmbureau.com Trip Dates: July 15 - 16, 2014 Pre-registration ends: June 6 Members from 19-35 Trip Fee: $110


IOWA FARM BUREAU SPOKESMAN

MAY 21, 2014

NORTH EAST IOWA

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

BQA training, Carcass Challenge awards, policy discussion all on tap June 5-6 for Iowa’s cattle producers SUBMITTED BY FAYETTE Whether you are interested in becoming certified in Beef Quality Assurance (BQA), learning more about efficient feedyard management tools, celebrating with the steer donors and winners of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Carcass Challenge Contest or participating in discussion about policy issues, an early June event is the place for you. On June 5-6, the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association will combine all these events at the new Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center in Ames. BQA training is from 1-3 p.m. on June 5. Dr. Kip Lukasiewicz, a wellknown BQA trainer, will start the session demonstrating and discussing low-stress, effective cattle handling. BQA certification will follow that session. At 3:30 p.m. and 4:15 p.m., two concurrent educational sessions on BQA feedyard management tools will be held. Dr. Nathan Pyatt, a technical consultant with Elanco, will talk about the new FDA feed guidance regulations and the use of antibiotics in the feedyard in the first session. In the second session he will discuss prac-

tical tips for implementing BQA protocols in total mix ration (TMR) processes and delivering those rations to the bunk. Speaking opposite of Pyatt will be Dr. Brett Terhaar, a senior technical veterinarian with Elanco. His first session is about managing moderate to high-risk cattle to reduce death loss and lower total vet med bills per head. The second session that Terhaar will present is chute-side techniques in the feedyard to reduce implant defects and improve vaccine response. The ICA Carcass Challenge awards program will begin with a 5 p.m. reception, followed by a banquet and awards announcement. The program, which is finishing its third year, showcases Iowa’s feedyard performance and cattle genetics in an event which is a major project for the Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program class. On Friday, June 6, the focus of the meeting will turn to policy educational sessions and policy development discussions. The day starts at 8 a.m. with a discussion of national policy topics led by Ashley McDonald, deputy environmental counsel for the National Cattlemen’s Beef

Association. Her presentation will be followed by a review of state issues presented by ICA contract lobbyist Lindsay Phillips and Justine Stevenson, the ICA Director of Government Relations and Public Policy. At 10 a.m., concurrent sessions will be held. One will be a beef products policy discussion, and the other will be an education session on predicting and verifying calf performance, presented by Warren Weibert, the owner and general manager of Decatur County Feedyard, and Dr. Mark Allan, director of marketing and genomics at Trans Ova in Sioux Center. In the afternoon, three concurrent sessions will be held. They are cattle production policy discussion, business issues policy discussion and an educational session on animal disease traceability and premises registration, led by State Veterinarian Dave Schmitt and Kevin Petersburg, the assistant district director in the Iowa office of USDA-APHIS. All meals, except the Carcass Challenge banquet, are free and will be provided at the events. If you plan to attend, please call 515296-2266 to register so adequate meal plans can be made.

FARM FAMILY FAVORITES

Rhubarb-Raisin Pie Dorothy Kuck, Frankenmuth, MI (Greene County member) 2 c. rhubarb, finely sliced 1 c. sugar Dash of salt 1 egg, well beaten

1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs 1/2 c. raisins 2 Tbsp. butter, melted Pastry for 2-crust pie

Combine rhubarb, salt and sugar. Let stand for 10 minutes. Prepare pie pastry, and place in 9-inch pie plate. Stir in egg, cracker crumbs, raisins and butter. Pour into pie crust, and place top crust. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 to 40 minutes.

Rhubarb Dream Cake Marilyn Platner, Marion (Linn County) 1 package of your favorite yellow cake mix 4-6 c. rhubarb, chopped 1 c. granulated sugar

1 can evaporated milk Whipped cream or ice cream

Prepare cake mix as per package directions. Pour into a 9x13x2-inch greased pan. Sprinkle rhubarb over top of cake batter. Sprinkle sugar over top of rhubarb. Pour evaporated milk over sugar. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 40-45 minutes, or until top is golden brown. Serve hot or cold with whipped cream or ice cream.

Cucumber Salad Mary Wiegand, Drakesville (Davis County) 7 c. sliced cucumbers 1 c. onions, chopped 1 c. green peppers, finely chopped 2 Tbsp. salt

Dressing: 2 c. sugar 2 c. cider vinegar 2 tsp. celery seeds

Toss vegetables and salt together, and put in refrigerator for one hour. Prepare dressing. Drain cucumber mixture, and stir in dressing.

ISU Extension hosts meeting to understand new manure regulations SUBMITTED BY FAYETTE, WINNESHIEK ivestock producers will have the opportunity to learn more about how the current manure regulations will affect their farms at three meetings hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in June. The meetings will give livestock producers the opportunity to hear from ISU Extension, Iowa DNR and NRCS specialists. ISU Extension Ag Engineer Dan Huyser will explain the Clean Water Act and how it relates to the current manure regulations. Environmental Specialists from the Iowa DNR will explain the new EPA-DNR agreement made last fall. They will explain the purpose of the new farm inspections, which

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farms are most likely to be inspected, and the inspection process. They will also answer any questions. The NRCS will also be present to explain the EQIP program and the areas that a producer can use this program to improve their nutrient management as well as answer any questions. The meetings will be held from 1-3 p.m. at the following locations: • June 3 at the Borlaug Learning Center at the Northeast Research Farm at Nashua; • June 16 at the FarmTek classroom in the main office at Dyersville’ • June 17 at the Northeast Iowa Dairy Center at Calmar. Contact Dan Huyser at 515298-1731 if you have any questions.

Sign-up deadline near for IFBF young farmer educational trip to Chicago and Indiana

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he pre-registration period for the annual young farmer trip ends on June 6. The educational trip will be July 15 - 16, 2014 and participants will view trading activity at the Chicago Board of Trade building, hear from great speakers, and tour Fair Oaks Farms – a farm specifically organized to tell the story of agriculture. A chartered bus will leave the Iowa Farm Bureau building in West Des Moines on July 15. A stop will be made for a group lunch and to pick up more participants in Coralville. The evening of the first day can be used for Chicago sightseeing. The group will be staying at the Inn of Chicago Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago. The second day will start at the Visitor’s Gallery at the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) building. Participants will be viewing the trading action and listen to speakers with current information. The trip is a rare opportunity to learn about markets and view the open-outcry futures markets in action on the same day. After the CBOT building, the members will visit Fair Oaks Farms, the biggest agri-tourism attraction in the United States.

Time will be spent experiencing how this innovative group of farmers has put together a working farm that shows the non-farm public a modern view of agriculture. Fair Oaks is half way between Chicago and Indianapolis and attracts nearly 500,000 visitors. Activities will include the Dairy and Pig Adventures with opportunity to see first-hand how agriculture is promoted. The group will have lunch at Fair Oaks and return from there to Iowa. The pre-paid fee for the trip is $110 per person. To register, go to www.iowafarmbureau.com and click on the 2014 Young Farmer Trip picture. Payment is by credit card or check and registration is not final until payment is received in Iowa Farm Bureau office. The trip is planned to accommodate 50 young Farm Bureau members from 19 to 35 years of age. Members will participate in the trip on a first come-first served basis If you have questions regarding the trip, please contact Ed Kordick, ekordick@ifbf.org. www.iowafarmbureau.com Trip Dates: July 15 - 16, 2014 Pre-registration ends: June 6 Members from 19-35 Trip Fee: $110


IOWA FARM BUREAU SPOKESMAN

MAY 21, 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

BQA training, Carcass Challenge awards, policy discussion all on tap June 5-6 for Iowa’s cattle producers SUBMITTED BY CALHOUN, EMMET Whether you are interested in becoming certified in Beef Quality Assurance (BQA), learning more about efficient feedyard management tools, celebrating with the steer donors and winners of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Carcass Challenge Contest or participating in discussion about policy issues, an early June event is the place for you. On June 5-6, the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association will combine all these events at the new Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center in Ames. BQA training is from 1-3 p.m. on June 5. Dr. Kip Lukasiewicz, a wellknown BQA trainer, will start the

session demonstrating and discussing low-stress, effective cattle handling. BQA certification will follow that session. At 3:30 p.m. and 4:15 p.m., two concurrent educational sessions on BQA feedyard management tools will be held. Dr. Nathan Pyatt, a technical consultant with Elanco, will talk about the new FDA feed guidance regulations and the use of antibiotics in the feedyard in the first session. In the second session he will discuss practical tips for implementing BQA protocols in total mix ration (TMR) processes and delivering those rations to the bunk. Speaking opposite of Pyatt will be Dr. Brett Terhaar, a senior technical

veterinarian with Elanco. His first session is about managing moderate to high-risk cattle to reduce death loss and lower total vet med bills per head. The second session that Terhaar will present is chute-side techniques in the feedyard to reduce implant defects and improve vaccine response. The ICA Carcass Challenge awards program will begin with a 5 p.m. reception, followed by a banquet and awards announcement. The program, which is finishing its third year, showcases Iowa’s feedyard performance and cattle genetics in an event which is a major project for the Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program class. On Friday, June 6, the focus of the

meeting will turn to policy educational sessions and policy development discussions. The day starts at 8 a.m. with a discussion of national policy topics led by Ashley McDonald, deputy environmental counsel for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Her presentation will be followed by a review of state issues presented by ICA contract lobbyist Lindsay Phillips and Justine Stevenson, the ICA Director of Government Relations and Public Policy. At 10 a.m., concurrent sessions will be held. One will be a beef products policy discussion, and the other will be an education session on predicting and verifying calf performance, presented by Warren Weibert, the owner and general manager

of Decatur County Feedyard, and Dr. Mark Allan, director of marketing and genomics at Trans Ova in Sioux Center. In the afternoon, three concurrent sessions will be held. They are cattle production policy discussion, business issues policy discussion and an educational session on animal disease traceability and premises registration, led by State Veterinarian Dave Schmitt and Kevin Petersburg, the assistant district director in the Iowa office of USDA-APHIS. All meals, except the Carcass Challenge banquet, are free and will be provided at the events. If you plan to attend, please call 515-296-2266 to register so adequate meal plans can be made.

Tornado safety tips SUBMITTED BY POCAHONTAS As we have all seen in recent news events, violent storms can strike anywhere at any time with little to no warning. Stay alert to these danger signs: severe thunderstorms with strong gusty winds, a dark, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from

the sky to the ground, a roaring sound. Terms to know and be aware of: * Tornado Watch: This means tornados ARE possible – watch the sky and stay turned to a radio or television station for warning. * Tornado Warning: This term means a tornado HAS BEEN sight-

ed or detected by weather-radar, take cover immediately! If you are at home, go to your storm shelter or basement, or a central room on the lowest level of your home. Stay away from windows. If you are in a mobile home, remember these structures provide

FARM FAMILY FAVORITES

Rhubarb-Raisin Pie Dorothy Kuck, Frankenmuth, MI (Greene County member) 2 c. rhubarb, finely sliced 1 c. sugar Dash of salt 1 egg, well beaten

1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs 1/2 c. raisins 2 Tbsp. butter, melted Pastry for 2-crust pie

Combine rhubarb, salt and sugar. Let stand for 10 minutes. Prepare pie pastry, and place in 9-inch pie plate. Stir in egg, cracker crumbs, raisins and butter. Pour into pie crust, and place top crust. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 to 40 minutes.

Rhubarb Dream Cake Marilyn Patner, Marion (Linn County) 1 package of your favorite yellow cake mix 4-6 c. rhubarb, chopped 1 c. granulated sugar

1 can evaporated milk Whipped cream or ice cream

Prepare cake mix as per package directions. Pour into a 9x13x2-inch greased pan. Sprinkle rhubarb over top of cake batter. Sprinkle sugar over top of rhubarb. Pour evaporated milk over sugar. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 40-45 minutes, or until top is golden brown. Serve hot or cold with whipped cream or ice cream.

Cucumber Salad Mary Wiegand, Drakesville (Davis County) 7 c. sliced cucumbers 1 c. onions, chopped 1 c. green peppers, finely chopped 2 Tbsp. salt

Dressing: 2 c. sugar 2 c. cider vinegar 2 tsp. celery seeds

Toss vegetables and salt together, and put in refrigerator for one hour. Prepare dressing. Drain cucumber mixture, and stir in dressing.

little protection. Leave and go to a storm shelter or the lowest level of a sturdy building. If you are in a public building, go to the designated shelter area or an interior hallway on the lowest floor. If you are in a vehicle, stop, get out and go to a storm shelter or lowest

level in a nearby building. In the open country, lie flat in a ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands. Do NOT get under an overpass or bridge. If you have any questions, contact your local civil defense or emergency management agency.

Sign-up deadline near for IFBF young farmer educational trip to Chicago and Indiana The pre-registration period for the annual young farmer trip ends on June 6. The educational trip will be July 15 - 16, 2014 and participants will view trading activity at the Chicago Board of Trade building, hear from great speakers, and tour Fair Oaks Farms – a farm specifically organized to tell the story of agriculture. A chartered bus will leave the Iowa Farm Bureau building in West Des Moines on July 15. A stop will be made for a group lunch and to pick up more participants in Coralville. The evening of the first day can be used for Chicago sightseeing. The group will be staying at the Inn of Chicago Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago. The second day will start at the Visitor’s Gallery at the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) building. Participants will be viewing the trading action and listen to speakers with current information. The trip is a rare opportunity to learn about markets and view the open-outcry futures markets in action on the same day. After the CBOT building, the members will visit Fair Oaks Farms, the biggest agri-tourism attraction in the United States. Time will be spent experiencing how this innovative

group of farmers has put together a working farm that shows the nonfarm public a modern view of agriculture. Fair Oaks is half way between Chicago and Indianapolis and attracts nearly 500,000 visitors. Activities will include the Dairy and Pig Adventures with opportunity to see first-hand how agriculture is promoted. The group will have lunch at Fair Oaks and return from there to Iowa. The pre-paid fee for the trip is $110 per person. To register, go to www.iowafarmbureau.com and click on the 2014 Young Farmer Trip picture. Payment is by credit card or check and registration is not final until payment is received in Iowa Farm Bureau office. The trip is planned to accommodate 50 young Farm Bureau members from 19 to 35 years of age. Members will participate in the trip on a first come-first served basis If you have questions regarding the trip, please contact Ed Kordick, ekordick@ifbf.org.

www.iowafarmbureau.com Trip Dates: July 15 - 16, 2014 Pre-registration ends: June 6 Members from 19-35 Trip Fee: $110


IOWA FARM BUREAU SPOKESMAN

MAY 21, 2014

SOUTH EAST IOWA

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

Back row from left: Mitchell Griffin, John Rees, Austin Edwards and Jared Rees. Middle row: Grace Chapman, Sarah Todd, Laura Mincks, Kelli Roush, Kelsey Pretz, Eli Sents and Brooklyn Milder. Front: Dalton Howell and Kortney Orr.

Three Columbus FFA members were awarded Iowa Degrees at the FFA State Convention in Ames. Pictured from left are: Jared Rees, Austin Edwards and Mitchell Griffin. PHOTOS COURTESY OF LOUISA COUNTY.

Columbus FFA goes to State Convention SUBMITTED BY LOUISA On April 27, the Columbus FFA Chapter took 13 members to State Convention which was held in Ames. To be eligible to go to State

Convention you must be participating in a contest, band or chorus, or receiving an award/degree. This year Eli Sents, Kelsey Pretz, Brooklyn Milder and Kelli Roush partic-

ipated in the Farm and Business Management CDE and received a silver. Dalton Howell participated in the Public Speaking CDE and received a gold. Brooklyn Milder

FARM FAMILY FAVORITES

Rhubarb-Raisin Pie Dorothy Kuck, Frankenmuth, MI (Greene County member) 2 c. rhubarb, finely sliced 1 c. sugar Dash of salt 1 egg, well beaten

1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs 1/2 c. raisins 2 Tbsp. butter, melted Pastry for 2-crust pie

Combine rhubarb, salt and sugar. Let stand for 10 minutes. Prepare pie pastry, and place in 9-inch pie plate. Stir in egg, cracker crumbs, raisins and butter. Pour into pie crust, and place top crust. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 to 40 minutes.

Rhubarb Dream Cake Marilyn Platner, Marion (Linn County) 1 package of your favorite yellow cake mix 4-6 c. rhubarb, chopped 1 c. granulated sugar

1 can evaporated milk Whipped cream or ice cream

Prepare cake mix as per package directions. Pour into a 9x13x2-inch greased pan. Sprinkle rhubarb over top of cake batter. Sprinkle sugar over top of rhubarb. Pour evaporated milk over sugar. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 40-45 minutes, or until top is golden brown. Serve hot or cold with whipped cream or ice cream.

Cucumber Salad Mary Wiegand, Drakesville (Davis County) 7 c. sliced cucumbers 1 c. onions, chopped 1 c. green peppers, finely chopped 2 Tbsp. salt

Dressing: 2 c. sugar 2 c. cider vinegar 2 tsp. celery seeds

Toss vegetables and salt together, and put in refrigerator for one hour. Prepare dressing. Drain cucumber mixture, and stir in dressing.

and Grace Chapman participated in the FFA Choir. Dalton Howell and John Rees participated in the FFA Band. Kortney Orr, Sarah Todd and Laura Mincks served as members of

the Courtesy Corps. Mitchell Griffin, Austin Edwards and Jared Rees received their Iowa Degrees. Every member that went helped fill bags for Meals from the Heartland.

Sign-up deadline near for IFBF young farmer educational trip to Chicago and Indiana The pre-registration period for the annual young farmer trip ends on June 6. The educational trip will be July 15 - 16, 2014 and participants will view trading activity at the Chicago Board of Trade building, hear from great speakers, and tour Fair Oaks Farms – a farm specifically organized to tell the story of agriculture. A chartered bus will leave the Iowa Farm Bureau building in West Des Moines on July 15. A stop will be made for a group lunch and to pick up more participants in Coralville. The evening of the first day can be used for Chicago sightseeing. The group will be staying at the Inn of Chicago Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago. The second day will start at the Visitor’s Gallery at the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) building. Participants will be viewing the trading action and listen to speakers with current information. The trip is a rare opportunity to learn about markets and view the open-outcry futures markets in action on the same day. After the CBOT building, the members will visit Fair Oaks Farms, the biggest agri-tourism attraction in the United States. Time will be spent experiencing how this innovative

group of farmers has put together a working farm that shows the nonfarm public a modern view of agriculture. Fair Oaks is half way between Chicago and Indianapolis and attracts nearly 500,000 visitors. Activities will include the Dairy and Pig Adventures with opportunity to see first-hand how agriculture is promoted. The group will have lunch at Fair Oaks and return from there to Iowa. The pre-paid fee for the trip is $110 per person. To register, go to www.iowafarmbureau.com and click on the 2014 Young Farmer Trip picture. Payment is by credit card or check and registration is not final until payment is received in Iowa Farm Bureau office. The trip is planned to accommodate 50 young Farm Bureau members from 19 to 35 years of age. Members will participate in the trip on a first come-first served basis If you have questions regarding the trip, please contact Ed Kordick, ekordick@ifbf.org.

www.iowafarmbureau.com Trip Dates: July 15 - 16, 2014 Pre-registration ends: June 6 Members from 19-35 Trip Fee: $110


IOWA FARM BUREAU SPOKESMAN

MAY 21, 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

BQA training, Carcass Challenge awards, policy discussion all on tap for Iowa’s cattle producers SUBMITTED BY UNION Whether you are interested in becoming certified in Beef Quality Assurance (BQA), learning more about efficient feedyard management tools, celebrating with the steer donors and winners of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Carcass Challenge Contest or participating in discussion about policy issues, an early June event is the place for you. On June 5-6, the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association will combine all these events at the new Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center in Ames. BQA training is from 1-3 p.m. on June 5. Dr. Kip Lukasiewicz, a well-known BQA trainer, will start the session demonstrating and discussing low-stress, effective cattle handling. BQA certification will follow that session. At 3:30 p.m. and 4:15 p.m., two concurrent educational sessions on BQA feedyard management tools will be held. Dr. Nathan Pyatt, a technical consultant with Elanco, will talk about the new FDA feed guidance regulations and the use of antibiotics in the feedyard in the first session. In the second session he will discuss

practical tips for implementing BQA protocols in total mix ration (TMR) processes and delivering those rations to the bunk. Speaking opposite of Pyatt will be Dr. Brett Terhaar, a senior technical veterinarian with Elanco. His first session is about managing moderate to high-risk cattle to reduce death loss and lower total vet med bills per head. The second session that Terhaar will present is chute-side techniques in the feedyard to reduce implant defects and improve vaccine response. The ICA Carcass Challenge awards program will begin with a 5 p.m. reception, followed by a banquet and awards announcement. The program, which is finishing its third year, showcases Iowa’s feedyard performance and cattle genetics in an event which is a major project for the Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Program class. On Friday, June 6, the focus of the meeting will turn to policy educational sessions and policy development discussions. The day starts at 8 a.m. with a discussion of national policy topics led by Ashley McDonald, deputy environmental counsel for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Her

presentation will be followed by a review of state issues presented by ICA contract lobbyist Lindsay Phillips and Justine Stevenson, the ICA Director of Government Relations and Public Policy. At 10 a.m., concurrent sessions will be held. One will be a beef products policy discussion, and the other will be an education session on predicting and verifying calf performance, presented by Warren Weibert, the owner and general manager of Decatur County Feedyard, and Dr. Mark Allan, director of marketing and genomics at Trans Ova in Sioux Center. In the afternoon, three concurrent sessions will be held. They are cattle production policy discussion, business issues policy discussion and an educational session on animal disease traceability and premises registration, led by State Veterinarian Dave Schmitt and Kevin Petersburg, the assistant district director in the Iowa office of USDA-APHIS. All meals, except the Carcass Challenge banquet, are free and will be provided at the events. If you plan to attend, please call 515296-2266 to register so adequate meal plans can be made.

FARM FAMILY FAVORITES

Rhubarb-Raisin Pie Dorothy Kuck, Frankenmuth, MI (Greene County member) 2 c. rhubarb, finely sliced 1 c. sugar Dash of salt 1 egg, well beaten

1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs 1/2 c. raisins 2 Tbsp. butter, melted Pastry for 2-crust pie

Combine rhubarb, salt and sugar. Let stand for 10 minutes. Prepare pie pastry, and place in 9-inch pie plate. Stir in egg, cracker crumbs, raisins and butter. Pour into pie crust, and place top crust. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 to 40 minutes.

Rhubarb Dream Cake Marilyn Platner, Marion (Linn County) 1 package of your favorite yellow cake mix 4-6 c. rhubarb, chopped 1 c. granulated sugar

1 can evaporated milk Whipped cream or ice cream

Prepare cake mix as per package directions. Pour into a 9x13x2-inch greased pan. Sprinkle rhubarb over top of cake batter. Sprinkle sugar over top of rhubarb. Pour evaporated milk over sugar. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 40-45 minutes, or until top is golden brown. Serve hot or cold with whipped cream or ice cream.

Cucumber Salad Mary Wiegand, Drakesville (Davis County) 7 c. sliced cucumbers 1 c. onions, chopped 1 c. green peppers, finely chopped 2 Tbsp. salt

Dressing: 2 c. sugar 2 c. cider vinegar 2 tsp. celery seeds

Toss vegetables and salt together, and put in refrigerator for one hour. Prepare dressing. Drain cucumber mixture, and stir in dressing.

Donate to animal care SUBMITTED BY EAST POTTAWATTAMIE any of our members are animal lovers and would love to help take care of the animals who are less fortunate, but are unsure how to help. Luckily, local animal shelters have a list of items they can always use and will always welcome with a big thank you! Those items are bleach, dish soap, laundry soap, dryer sheets, towels and wash cloths, used dish towels, leashes, canned food, greenies pill pockets, toys, used blankets (for their beds), rubber gloves, Clorox-type wipes (any brand) and Clorox-type mop heads. In 2013, seven Southwest Iowa nonprofit animal welfare organizations announced the creation of the Southwest Iowa Animal Coalition. Catnip & Tails Res-

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cue (Council Bluffs), Harrison County Humane Society (Logan), Lusco Farms Rescue (Malvern), Montgomery County Animal Rescue (Red Oak), People for Paws (Shenandoah), Pottawattamie County Animal Shelter (Pottawattamie County), and the Western Iowa Feral & Homeless Cat Program (Walnut) have come together to create the Southwest Iowa Animal Coalition. Each organization has committed to working together to improve the health, safety and quality of life of our communities through the human treatment and management of animals in southwest Iowa. Watch the Spokesman for information on a great opportunity for you to help, it is coming soon. Meanwhile, pick up a few of those items, put them aside and be ready to help an animal in need in the very near future.

Sign-up deadline near for IFBF young farmer educational trip to Chicago and Indiana The pre-registration period for the annual young farmer trip ends on June 6. The educational trip will be July 15 - 16, 2014 and participants will view trading activity at the Chicago Board of Trade building, hear from great speakers, and tour Fair Oaks Farms – a farm specifically organized to tell the story of agriculture. A chartered bus will leave the Iowa Farm Bureau building in West Des Moines on July 15. A stop will be made for a group lunch and to pick up more participants in Coralville. The evening of the first day can be used for Chicago sightseeing. The group will be staying at the Inn of Chicago Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago. The second day will start at the Visitor’s Gallery at the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) building. Participants will be viewing the trading action and listen to speakers with current information. The trip is a rare opportunity to learn about markets and view the open-outcry futures markets in action on the same day. After the CBOT building, the members will visit Fair Oaks Farms, the biggest agri-tourism attraction in the United States. Time will be spent experiencing how this innovative

group of farmers has put together a working farm that shows the nonfarm public a modern view of agriculture. Fair Oaks is half way between Chicago and Indianapolis and attracts nearly 500,000 visitors. Activities will include the Dairy and Pig Adventures with opportunity to see first-hand how agriculture is promoted. The group will have lunch at Fair Oaks and return from there to Iowa. The pre-paid fee for the trip is $110 per person. To register, go to www.iowafarmbureau.com and click on the 2014 Young Farmer Trip picture. Payment is by credit card or check and registration is not final until payment is received in Iowa Farm Bureau office. The trip is planned to accommodate 50 young Farm Bureau members from 19 to 35 years of age. Members will participate in the trip on a first come-first served basis If you have questions regarding the trip, please contact Ed Kordick, ekordick@ifbf.org.

www.iowafarmbureau.com Trip Dates: July 15 - 16, 2014 Pre-registration ends: June 6 Members from 19-35 Trip Fee: $110


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