2020-2021 Iowa FFA Foundation Annual Report

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MISSION STATEMENT The Iowa FFA Foundation cultivates partnerships supporting agricultural education. The Iowa FFA Foundation focuses on encouraging youth to pursue careers and leadership roles in the agricultural industry. The Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides leadership activities, scholarships, incentive awards, agricultural education programs, and instructor workshops. The foundation’s objective is the preparation of Iowa’s most valuable resource — its young people — to help chart the future of our state’s largest industry. The Iowa FFA Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization.


FROM THE FOUNDATION PRESIDENT The Iowa FFA Foundation was established in 1986 at the time when I was a young Agriculture Education Instructor, it was not very clear what it would become in the years ahead. Due to the hard work and dedication of many individuals over the past 35 years, the Foundation has grown and flourished. Today the Foundation supports the entities that make up Team Ag Ed by raising funds as well as continuing to work to become debt free. A generous donor has continued to pledge to pay fifty cents for every dollar raised by the Foundation to support the FFA Enrichment Center Capital Campaign. This means every dollar you give goes to support our present and future agriculture leaders. Most importantly I want to personally thank every donor and business and industry who have joined us in making the 2020-21 year a success. This year our Annual FFA Gala was held as a virtual event and together we raised more than $100,000. While we missed the opportunity to meet in person and celebrate together the staff and event committee put together an outstanding event. We hope that you will plan to join us in February of 2022 for our next Gala to celebrate with all of Team Ag Ed. We were able to host our Annual Golf outing this June in person and this was also a great success with the event committee putting together an outstanding tournament with a record amount raised at the event. We hope you will plan on joining the Iowa FFA Foundation at the 2022 Golf outing next June. We have seen thirteen partners join The Gold Standard Program, our new corporate giving program, as well as several individuals making planned gifts as part of the Forever Blue Society. We encourage all individuals to consider joining our Corduroy Club as well as continue to support

the Foundation through your regular giving channels. All of these programs are available to review with our staff to help select the ones that will fit your needs to help support agriculture education in Iowa. The time is now. We need your support. We have three years of our matching debt reduction campaign to completely retire the debt on the Iowa FFA Enrichment Center. Your dollars will go to directly support agriculture education and the donor will match fifty cents of your dollar to retire the debt. For those regular donors and to every new donor —thank you for your support. I am personally asking you to consider increasing your donation during this important time of the matching gift and consider visiting with our Foundation staff on additional ways you can assist in supporting the Iowa FFA Foundation and youth involved in Iowa agriculture education. We have truly come a long way in 35 years, with your support we will be able to continue to support the organizations that are dedicated to developing the future leaders of Agriculture in Iowa.

Ron Zelle President Iowa FFA Foundation Board of Directors


IOWA FFA FOUNDATION BOARD President Ron Zelle Iowa FFA Alumni Representative Iowa FFA Alumni President-Elect Josh Earll Klaassen Realty & Auctions Sponsoring Committee Chair Past-President Keith Soltwedel John Deere Business/Industry Secretary Tammy Niemann Rock Life Consulting Business/Industry Treasurer Jim Gardner Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Business/Industry Jason Berkland Nationwide Business/Industry Tyler Bettin National Pork Producers Council Business/Industry Jon Davis Gilbert High School Iowa FFA Association Dwayne Faidley Des Moines Area Community College FFA Enrichment Center Committee Chair Tim Kapucian Kapucian Farms Business/Industry


Craig McEnany Iowa State University Iowa Association of Agricultural Educators Randy Ramundt Bayer Crop Science Business/Industry Maggie Stith Valent USA Business/Industry Eric Weuve Ellsworth Community College Iowa Professional Ag. Students (PAS) Ex-Officio Members Kevin Butt Iowa Professional Ag. Students Executive Director Matthew Eddy Iowa Department of Education Iowa FFA & Iowa PAS Advisor Scott Johnson Iowa FFA Association Executive Director Mickayla McGill Iowa FFA Association 2020-2021 State President Brittany Woods Iowa Professional Ag. Students 2020-2021 State President




State President Mickayla McGill Knoxville FFA

State President Mia Gibson North Fayette Valley FFA

State Secretary Mia Gibson North Fayette Valley FFA

State Secretary Maddy Stevenson Roland-Story FFA

State Reporter Blake Van Der Kamp Diamond Trail FFA

State Reporter Kanyon Huntington East Union FFA

SE State Vice President Kabe Boysen Wapello FFA

SE State Vice President Kesley Holdgrafer Northeast FFA

NC State Vice President Bronson Forsyth Charles City FFA

NC State Vice President Ella Hommel Grundy Center FFA SC State Vice President Trenton Eilander Newton FFA

SC State Vice President Devin DeVore Osceola Big Chief FFA NW State Vice President Haley Williams Lawton Bronson FFA NE State Vice President Carson Brincks South Winneshiek FFA SW State Vice President Cory Miller Denison FFA

NW State Vice President Kiley Allan Le Mars FFA NE State Vice President Avery Hanaway Independence FFA SW State Vice President Sam Martin Davis-Rogers FFA




Iowa FFA Alumni & Supporters

New Ag Ed Programs

Annual Contribution

18,107 $




Members from






Cedar Rapids Prairie and River Valley (Correctionville) HEADLINE US-






Iowa FFA Association

Iowa PAS





Members from

Members from






New Endowments







Foundation Checkoff Program


Center Capital Campaign

3+ 480k+ 22 million11K+ matched funds




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$250,000 – $500,000

$100,000 – $250,000

Harry Stine, Stine Seed & the Stine Family Foundation



$50,000 – $100,000

$25,000 – $10,000

Milton J. Luckstead Estate

BLUE JACKET $10,000 – $24,999


John Deere

Des Moines Area Community College

Mike & Lynn Patton


Pioneer Brand Seeds - Corteva Agrisciences

Iowa FFA Alumni & Supporters Association

Principal Charity Classic

Iowa State University-College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

Wick Buildings



Jennifer Holliday Jennifer Holliday’s FFA journey started the day she stepped into the ag classroom and went home to try to convince her parents to let her raise goats. After some tense negotiations, she settled on another small animal, namely poultry for her SAE project. Over the course of two years, she began raising one hundred twenty-five broilers on a six-week rotation. Once her chickens hit market weight she worked with an approved processor and sold her dressed broilers through Facebook and at local farmers’ markets. After averaging raising more than 800 broilers in a year, she quickly learned that she could lower her price by reducing the cost of her inputs, which she found success in doing until the price of feed rose and her market share fell due to the constraints of Covid. Her unique SAE project also improved her communication skills, “I was able to educate consumers on what they were buying and explain how the poultry was raised.” The lessons learned on the farm and in the classroom with her SAE also brought her success in the show ring, both at the county fair and Iowa State Fair. She also took on a cattle project, showing the Grand Champion Market Animal at the Adair County Fair in 2021.

Hard work and determination have played a major role in Jennifer’s success leading to her most memorable FFA moment. “I had run for multiple officer positions, but continually would not receive them, “she said, “so for me, the proudest moment of all the things I have accomplished was being elected Vice-President of my local chapter.” The proudest moment in her career allowed her to encourage others to set their goals high and work hard to achieve them. She also encourages members to take every opportunity given to them. From going to Greenhand Fire Up, being a Grandstand Usher at the Iowa State Fair, playing piano for the Black Ties Blue Jackets Gala, or attending State Leadership Conference, Holliday is thankful for every opportunity, “The things I have been able to do as a member would not be possible without donors along the way, from helping keep the costs down, to providing me with opportunities to continue to grow and learn, their gifts are really important and we tend to overlook them.” For Jennifer Holliday, the opportunity to grow and succeed cannot be measured by the gift of one donor alone, but on hundreds of donors who have given over the course of her FFA career. 9


GOLD STANDARD Since 1986, the Iowa FFA Foundation has been connecting partners with the organizations that make up Team Ag Ed in Iowa to provide funding for a variety of opportunities within each organization. The “one-to-one” method of sponsorship has worked well, but in 2020, the need to provide partners with an easier giving system, increased visibility, and the ability to support agricultural education as a whole rather than one specific area, prompted Iowa FFA Foundation staff to develop the Iowa FFA Gold Standard Program. The Iowa FFA Gold Standard Program is a unique and streamlined approach for corporate partners to support the mission of the Iowa FFA Foundation. With two tiers of giving levels to meet budgets from five hundred to more than one million dollars, each level provides valuable opportunities for recognition and interaction with more than 36,000 individuals across Iowa who are passionate about agriculture. From a donor visibility standpoint, this program exceeds expectations, by offering front and center recognition at all Team Ag Ed


conferences, whereas, in the past, a donor would only find visibility for a conference area they supported. Not only does this program provide an umbrella of touchpoints to the more than 37,000 Iowans who make up the Team Ag Ed organizations, but it also allows partners to continue to support areas that are historic cornerstones to their support of agricultural education in Iowa. The Iowa FFA Gold Standard Program provides partners at all levels with visibility at each of Iowa Team Ag Ed major conferences and partners in Tier 2 can designate 50% of their gift towards sponsorship of a particular program or activity. In its first year, twelve partners took advantage of the program and were recognized at the Iowa FFA State Leadership Conference with a personalized corduroy banner and pin signifying their giving tier. New Iowa FFA Gold Standard Program partners will be recognized in the same way, with returning partners receiving a pin to attach to their banners each year.




If you take seventy-five auction items, four high definition cameras, a few big-screen television monitors, and more than three hundred people that are passionate about agriculture education and roll them all together you get the 7th Annual Black Ties Blue Jackets Gala! What made this year unique was holding the event in a virtual setting. Since October, when the committee chose to move to a virtual event, some wondered if our goal of $90,000 was attainable. Our friends and partners, people who believe in the mission of the FFA Foundation, came through and not only met our budgeted goal but exceeded it by raising more than $103,240. Thanks to AgVenture, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Great Caterers of Iowa, 4 Seasons Fundraising, and the Iowa Beef Industry Council, our VIP partners who came through in a big way, donors above $1,000 received a Gala in a Box before the event. Individuals and corporate partners bought tables, donated auction items, and made monetary donations again and again and again!


The seventy-five auction lots saw 1,179 bids placed before the hammer closed on the silent auction netting $14,845! With the help of Pinnacle Productions out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, attendees appeared on the big screen as co-emcees Iowa PAS President, Brittany Woods, and Iowa FFA Association President, Mickayla McGill, took the group through the evening which featured comments from Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig. FFA and PAS students from across Iowa told the stories of their love for agriculture in short videos and the FFA Creed was presented by FFA members across Iowa to help kick off National FFA Week. If you missed the event and wish to view it, it can be found in its entirety on the Iowa FFA Foundation Youtube page. Be sure to mark your calendars for the 8th Annual Black Ties Blue Jackets Gala on February 19, 2022!

ONE GIFT A LASTING LEGACY Milton (Milt) Luckstead Sr. was born on November 22, 1939, in Olin, Iowa. He was raised on a farm and was excited to join the Olin FFA chapter. Milt was active in FFA; he served as a chapter officer and was rewarded for his dedication to his supervised agricultural experience with the coveted DeKalb award for those actively involved in production agriculture. After attending college, Milt returned to eastern Iowa where he would live out his dream of farming on his operation near Martelle. As Milt neared retirement, he enhanced his efforts to give back through service to the Anamosa and Cascade FFA Alumni chapters and the Iowa FFA Alumni Association. His dedication led to his induction into the Iowa FFA Alumni Hall of Fame in 2008.

Sadly, Milt passed away July 1st in Cedar Rapids, but prior to his passing, he shared with the Iowa FFA Foundation his desire to leave a legacy many times. As such, Milt designated the Iowa FFA Foundation the beneficiary of a charitable annuity and upon his passing, the Iowa FFA Foundation received funds to support his desire – endowing the Iowa FFA Diversified Livestock Proficiency Award! We will forever celebrate his legacy, his passion, and his dream of farming as we recognize his gift each spring at the Iowa FFA State Leadership Conference while presenting this award to a deserving Iowa FFA member. In life, Milt was a leader who helped shape the direction of our organization; in his passing, he leads the way for others by establishing the first proficiency award endowment in Iowa FFA Foundation history. A model gift now able to be easily replicated with others who desire to leave a legacy or remember a loved one. Do you have a passion to make truly meaningful impacts with your resources, helping students develop their potential for Premier Leadership, Personal Growth, and Career Success through agricultural education? Have you ever considered supporting FFA through your overall financial and/or estate plan? Have you ever desired to ensure your support of key programs lasts for generations? Do you wish to be remembered by leaving a legacy? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, we warmly welcome a conversation to discuss with you the Iowa FFA Foundation Forever Blue Society.

Milton (Milt) Luckstead Sr.



YOUNG, BUT BRIGHT You couldn’t classify first-year teacher, Grace McAfee, as either a city kid or a farm kid. Although she grew up in the country, her main connection to agriculture was riding in the pickup with her Grandpa Ron checking cattle. When she got to high school she found a home in the Ag classroom, mostly because in her small southwest Iowa town, everyone in the high school was in FFA. So, what drove her to change her career path from being an attorney to teaching? Grace says it was something she noticed as a high school student. “There are many young people in this community who don’t want to go to college, but love working with their hands and being involved,” she said, “I wanted to advocate for those students who have skills to find employment locally right out of high school.” When the doors at CAM Middle School in Anita open this fall, a familiar face will greet a new group of students and a unique opportunity to grow their agriculture education program. For new teacher Grace McAfee, the transition


from being a CAM graduate to teach in the district she grew up in, is both challenging and rewarding. “This is a great community to grow up in, and the teachers I had as a high school student have been really supportive.” She felt that support as an Agricultural Education major at Iowa State University, due to scholarships she received, including one from the Iowa FFA Alumni & Supporters which paid for her entire college education. Grace will be teaching Biology, 6th-grade science, and 7th and 8th Ag Exploratory, and also has the opportunity to be the Middle School FFA Advisor. “I want to get students excited about the opportunities that are available to them in high school; especially the opportunities to learn skills that will provide them with a solid foundation for careers. FFA is teaching them life skills in and out of the classroom, not only to make them better future employees but also better individuals.” She also brings the knowledge and firsthand experience of participation in Career and Leadership Development Events with her to

excite students. “A few years ago, when I was in high school, everyone was involved in FFA, and in the last few years, that excitement has declined a bit. I’ve challenged some of the high school members to be more involved.” This included attending and competing in the Ag Mechanics Career Development Event. Even though the students hadn’t competed in the contest before, which includes areas such as electrical wiring, equipment troubleshooting, carpentry, and land management, they were excited to put the skills they have used in class to the test. They came home from that event with a Bronze, not quite what they had hoped to achieve, but the students have already taken it upon themselves to set up practices to prepare for next year’s contest. Her ultimate goal is to continue to make the Ag program at CAM a go-to place for every student at the school. She also envisions a teaching farm located nearby. “My SAE project wouldn’t have been possible without the help of some friends in the area who had a place for me to house my project. We have talented young people, and they have a great desire to learn, but having a place for those students who don’t have facilities of their own to house their SAE projects really would set up the opportunity for them to grow beyond what they think would be possible.” Examples of stories like Grace’s continue to flow out of FFA chapters across Iowa and as we look to the future and the increased need for Ag educators, one can find hope in young, enthusiastic Ag educators who will lead programs into the future.

ALL IN FOR AG EDUCATION All in for Ag Education is a collaborative initiative driven by Team Ag Ed to increase awareness and access to agricultural education in the state of Iowa. The mission is to ensure all students at Iowa secondary and postsecondary institutions have access to agricultural education programs by 2029.


THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS Rising Sun $5,000 – $10,000 Ag Processing Inc. Beck’s Hybrids Christensen Farms Cylosoft, Inc DLL Financial Solution Partners Jim & Irene Gardner GrainBridge Iowa Pork Producers Association Kreg Tool Company Producers Livestock Marketing Glenn & Ginger Sterk Titan Tire International Plow $2,500 – $5,000 4 Seasons Fundraising American Family Insurance Doug & Jenny Becker Jason & Alisha Berkland CapTrust Financial Advisors Eddie & Renae Chesnut Cyclone Sports Properties Davis Equipment Corporation David & Lori Gilmore Steven Grieshaber Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co. Iowa Ag. Tag License Plates Iowa Association of Agricultural Educators Iowa Farmer Today Publications Iowa Institute for Cooperatives John Deere Des Moines Operations LMC Insurance & Risk Management MinnTex Citrus, Inc & MinnTex Citrus MN Keith & Jenifer Soltwedel Titan Machinery U.S. Army ROTC Valent BioSciences - Osage Plant Wellmark

National Blue $1,000 – $2,500 AgriSync ASFMRA - Iowa Chapter Bankers Trust Company BBS Architects Engineers Beckman Catholic Ronald & Mary Beth Zelle Sally Bowden Captrust Community Foundation Carroll Area FFA Chapter Tyler Comes Cornwell Inc. Darling Ingredients Sonny Deke Josh & Hannah Earll East Sac County High School Robert & Maureen Hanson Scot & Carolyn Harold High Plains Journal LLC Iowa Beef Industry Council Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation Iowa love Iowa State University - Block and Bridle Club Iowa State University Dairy Science Club Iowa Turfgrass Institute Craig Johnson Landus Cooperative Latham Hi-Tech Seeds M2 Customs Manson Northwest Webster High Meriwether, Wilson and Company, PLLC Mid-Iowa Cooperative MJK Business Development Inc Morningside University Renee H. Neddermeyer Neumann Brother, Inc Niece Trucking Polk County Farm Bureau Principal Financial Group Ronald & Mary Reedy


Joshua & Caitlin Remington Darin & Roxy Roggenburg Southeast Valley High School Ray Stall Glenn & Maggie Stith Times Citizen Communications, Inc. John J. Wacha Wallaces Farmer Eric Weuve Zoetis Corn Gold $500 – $1,000 Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity ISU House Dana Ardary Vick & Ann Bassett Pam Blackford Clayton & Jessica Brady Kevin Brown Kevin Butt & Honoria Balogh CF Industries Edmund & Malinda Dietzel Dordt University Matthew & Carol Eddy Andrew Edson Ellsworth Community College Fellowship of Christian Farmers International Glen Oaks Country Club Great Caterers of Iowa Great Southern Bank Hog Slat - Midwest Division Jim R. Howell Brian Hurley Hy-Vee Inc. iCEV Multimedia Iowa Central Community College Iowa Club Lamb Association Iowa Crop Improvement Association Iowa Horse Council Iowa Meat Goat Association Iowa Trappers Association Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association

J. Ward Organics LLC Rick & Jane Juchems Tim & Brenda Kapucian Logan J. Kelly Key Cooperative Kirkwood Community College Tony Klemm Michael Knight Carolyn Knittle Bob & Barbara Leonard Lochirco Fundraising Wendy McBay Craig & Lisa McEnany Scott & Alice Meldrum New Cooperative Foundation North Linn High School Northwest Missouri State University Pella Insurance Peoples Company Clinton & Carol Pilcher QC Supply Tim & Emily Rhoades Robert Half Management Resources Jade Rodemeyer Rose Acre Farms Kory & Kristin Ross Ryan Schutjer Dennis Schwab Adam Seabert Keith & Barb Sexton Zoie A. Shook Thomas & Holli Striegel Justin & Connie Tolan Larry Valentine John Van Ryswyk Bryon Weesner Robert Wendt Todd Wiley Benjamin & Allison Zelle

Chapter Silver $250 – $500 Aflac AgVenture GroMor LLC Dwaine Alexander Richard & Cathy Ayers Logan Bauer Emily Berrier Tyler & Melanie Bettin Paul Bierschenk Jacob & Lindsay Bolson Hope Brecht Briarwood Golf Club Lindsay Calvert Caring Hearts of West Central Iowa, LLC Central Lee High School Jack & Jonell Cook Terry Davis Trey Deck Richard & Nancy Degner Kevin Diehl Emerald Hills Golf Course Dan & Heidi Engstler Envision Tees Fareway Stores, Inc. Jerry Figanbaum Foundry Distilling Co. Chris Gruenhagen Ryan & Brea Harms Hawkeye Community College Joe & Shelley Heinrich Greg Hester Honey Creek Resort State Park Indian Hills Community College Iowa Golf Association Iowa Golf Course Superintendents Association (Iowa GCSA) Iowa Professional Lawn Care Association (IPLCA) Iowa Soybean Association Iowa Sports Turf Managers Association (ISTMA) Iowa Street Rod Association

Gerald R. Kinney Marelle Knudsen Barbara Lemmer Cody & Chelsea McKinley Matt & Lisa Meline Larry Meyer Douglas Moeller Shannon Muhlenbruch David Mulder Muscatine Community College Kevin Myers Mike & Jaime Naig Scott Naset Chad Newton Northwestern College Nutrients for Life Foundation Tom Paulsen Martin & Jo Reynolds Joshua Roberts Bev Rosenbeck Rod Rosenow Stacey Sanderson Clark Schoening David Steele Verlyn Strellner Hilary Stubben Thrivent Action Team Thriveplan Michael Tupper Michael & Susan Ugulini Justin Ullmann University of Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture Mark Van Der Kamp Van Wall Equipment Shelby Westhoff



STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION For the year ending June 30, 2021

ASSETS Current Assets Cash Accounts Receivable (Net) Contributions Receivable-Current Portion (Net) Inventory Prepaid Expense Total Current Assets

$ 493,479 $ 109,480 $ 521,133 $ 4,279 $ 19,941 $ 1,148,313

Noncurrent Assets Investments- Endowment Funds Contributions Receivable-Current Portion (Net) Total Noncurrent Assets

$ $ $

Property and Equipment Buildings and Improvements Equipment Less: Accumulated Depreciation Total Property and Equipment

$ 13,864,548 $ 547,475 $ (4,545,255) $ 9,866,768




LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS Current Liabilities Accounts Payable Security Deposits Accrued Expenses Note Payable Deferred Revenue Total Current Liabilities

$ $ $ $ $ $

50,170 22,482 16,275 65,407 12,797 167,131

Noncurrent Liabilities Note Payable Accrued Interest Total Noncurrent Liabilities Total Liabilities

$ $ $ $

3,278,750 2,854,351 6,133,101 6,300,232

Net Assets Net Assets Without Donor Restrictions Net Assets With Donor Restrictions Total Net Assets

$ $ $

5,326.657 831,628 6,158,285





1,287,622 155,814 1,443,436


STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES For the year ending June 30, 2021

SUPPORT AND REVENUE Support and Revenue Sales of Promotional Items (Net) Proceeds Contributions and Grants Rental and Related Income Net Investment Income (Loss) Other Support and Revenue

$ 10,546 $ 1,410,055 $ $ 218,380 $ 169,469 $ 82,557

$ 10,546 $ 1,410,055 $ 218,380 $ 169,469 $ 82,557

Total Support and Revenue

$ 1,672,627

$ 1,891,007






EXPENSES Programmatic Expense Iowa FFA Association $ 287,822 Iowa Professional Ag Students (PAS) $ 18,700 Iowa FFA Alumni Association $ 11,600 Iowa Association of Agricultural Educators $ 15,426 CASE Curriculum $ 60,760 Events $ 0 Enrichment Center - General Expense $ 125,169 Enrichment Center - Depreciation $ 352,656 Enrichment Center - Interest Expense $ 164,868

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

287,822 18,700 11,600 15,426 60,760 0 125,169 352,656 164,868

Management and General Expense Fundraising Expense Other Expense

$ $ $

196,937 122,538 0

$ $ $

196,937 122,538 0

Total Expenses



$ 1,356,476



Change in Net Assets


Net Assets Beginning of Year

$ 5,623,754


Net Assets End of Year

$ 6,158,285


Greenhand Bronze $100 – $250 A & M Farms, Inc. Carol Abbey Julie Abendroth AgriVision Equipment Kyle Allee Jason Ammons Eric & Bonnie Andersen Barry & Melanie Anderson Gordon Anderson Randall Anderson Richard A. Anderson Archer Coop Grain Company Charles & Marilyn Arnburg B & C Burk Aaron Bartholomay Vaughn Batdorf Christine Bean Brett & Kayla Becker Rex & Cheryl Behnke James Behrens Dennis & Rhonda Bell Gary & Connie Belzer Mike & Sue Beukema Bierman Bacon Mark & Vicky Bierstedt Joel Bobb Brian Boeck Tim Boehle Charles Bogaard Rex Borcherding Chris & Susan Boyens Ruth Braet Anthony & Angel Brecht Anthony Brockshus Amy Brown Jerry & Sheila Brown Danny Burke Ronald Buroughs Chris & Sarah Bursiek Don Burzlaff Jim & Lisa Calvert Billy J. Carpenter Jerry Chizek

Warren Clark Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers Elliot & Sherry Cobb Concordia University Nebraska Steve & Jan Conrad Craig Constable Court Avenue Brewing Alacyn Cox Courtenay Cramer Matthew & Erin Cumings Dallmeyer Farms Kent Davidson Christopher & Heather Davison James DeKeryel Jay Dekker Ken & Eileen Denekas Des Moines Symphony Patrick & Megan Diedrich Anthony E Dixon Wes Dorhout Casey Dray Mark Drost Don & Norma Dyson Charlie Edson Joshua Engelbrecht William Evans Steve Farmer FarmHer Nelson Findling Finkbine Golf Course Chris Fleshner Jerry Flint Daniel Folsom Bruce Frank Joshua Frush Chad C. Fry Martin Furst Larry Geerts Evelyn George Nathan & Kimberly Gibson Todd Glynn Terry Goerdt Gary Goering


Susan J. Graeser Brenda Graham Jim Green Dusty & Amber Greiman Grimes Plaza Vet Clinic Amber Gros Lauren Groth Leo Haack Ronald Hagedorn Larry Hageman Shirley Hammersmith Justin & Beth Hansen Jerald Hansen Harmison’s Hometown Fundraising Paula P. Hein Michael L. Helland Ron Helton Dale Henke Dee Hense Joel Hergenreter Hillebo Family Farms, Inc. Randel Hiscocks William Hoben Lurlin & Connie Hoelscher Erin Hoffman Bill Hughs Hunter Bros. Inc. Tiffany Ingersoll J & D Carlson Farms Inc Matt Jacobson Jim White Inc. Alberta Jirak Clyde Johnson Tom Kamp Jolene Keim Christina Kelling Wade Kent Mark Kies Jayson Kingsbury Brad Kinsinger Paul G. Klimesh Duane Klink Collin Knipper Grant Knobloch Pat & Mary Knueven

Tammy Kolash Susie Korell Ryan Kruger Brian Kruse LaVerne Lee Laverne Leistikow Joseph Liefer Brad Liggett Travis Luhman Jerald Lukensmeyer Ken & Rosalie Lund Brad Magg Russ & Karen Manternach Robert A. Martin Devin Maurer Howard Maxwell James L. McLeland Lynn Meade Irvin Meier Judi Meinhardt Duane D. Metzger Abrah Meyer Midwest Diesel Tech Academy Carli Milby Moulton-Udell High School Casey & Tammy Niemann Noce Nutrien, Inc. Jessica O’Connor Dennis Oliver J Riley Padgett Timothy Paplow Chad Passman Edward Patterson Craig Payne Douglas M. Peahl Brett Peelen Melvin Pennington John & Kelli Peters Diane Petersen J.R. & Lisa Peterson Mike & Yvonne Petzenhauser Chad Plathe Don Pottroff Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc

Carrie Putz Joe Pyle Adam Raub Dusty Rauschenberg Randy Renze Doug & Kayla Reynolds Riverside Casino & Golf Resort Eugene Rodberg Bev Rossow Steve Roth Justin Rottinghaus Marlon Rudolph Alberto Saldana Marcus & Amber Samson Brian Sander Marian J. Sanders Eric Sanny Matt & Barbra Jean Schleicher Rudolph “Buddy” Schmalstieg Gwyn Schramm Chris Schulte Jason Schuster Renee Seline Gene Sesker Kyle Danielle Sexton Bill Shipley Show Smart LeRoy & Ruth Simonson Stan Skaro James & Vista Smid Tony Smith Mike Sobotka South Dakota State University Dale Spencer Arianne Steenblock Bailey Steffen Ron Stewart John Strong & Carole Gandy-Strong Ashley Swanson Richard Swanson Dennis & Pauline Sweet

T.S. Investments LLC Bret Thies Robert Thomas Matthew & Leslie Tolan Dave Tometich Toy Farmer Publications Matthew Trask Trophies Plus Roger Twedt University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital David & Jacqueline Van Ahn Van Diest Supply Company Mark & Karen VanDeWalle Veenker Memorial Golf Course Ronnette Vondrak Ted Waldock Audra L. Weber Hannah Weesner Kenny & Diane Wenger Colleen Wessel Western Christian FFA Mark Westphalen Howard W W. Wetzel WG Provisions Jeff White Brenda Wickland Hayley Williams Matt & Ashley Wolfe Mark & Lori Wyrick Partner Up to $100 CoBank Dustin Adams Howard R. Adrian AmazonSmile Blake Anderson Robert Anderson Roger Anderson Zach Anderson Dennis Appelhons

Andrew Arends Ashley Armstrong Arnold Realty Co. Ryan Ashton Auwaerter Farms Sheila Backer Dawn Banks Shannon Bardole-Foley Ronald L. Barnes Dale Barr Dean Bartelt Benjamin Bass Clint J. Bauer Jamie Beck Dennis Beyer Ron Beyer Timothy Bigley Patricia Birusingh Travis Bitner Jane Blackford Teddi Blair Denise Blakely William D. Blohm Donald Boldt Robert G. Braasch Keith Braun Randolph J. Bray Thomas Brewer Carson Brincks Lucas Brincks Brinegar Cattle Co. Marc Broer Brandon Brown Christopher Brown Phyllis Brown Family Trust Kelly Buch Jim Buldhaupt Sarah Burcham Aaron M. Burchland Kristi Burg Lucas Bushong Jerry Buteyn Cargill Animal Nutrition Keith Carlson Sarah Carlson Debbie Carrol-Jones

Carruthers And Marsh Stephen Casady Center Grove Orchard Check Inc. Harry Chilcote Craig Christofferson Marris Clark Clarke Family Trust Karilyn Claude Barry & Rhonda Clough Collins Production Inc. David and Betty Collison Trust Tresa Comes Harold Comstock William Cooley Brett Cooper Steve Cornelius Steve Cortum Ken Crouse Cumings Family Farms Nick Cummins Travis Curry Jacob Curts D & B Henning Farms, Inc. Lawrence Daniels Donald G. Davidson Deka Corp. Maureen Denny Ellen Derrer Dillard Farms Llc Susan Dinan Glenn Dodd Brent & Deborah Donohoe Double Dipped Ice Cream and Coffee Gary L. Downey D. Robert Downing James D. Doyle Ken Doyle Melonie Doyle Denny Drake Doyle Drake Drake Family Farms LC Zachary Drape


Eric Drobny John Dross Jason Dubberke Ron O. Dunblazier Jeff Eagan Craig B. Earley Karl Eby Marvin Einck Timothy Elliott Daphne Emmack-Owens Donald Erb Matt Erpelding Joni Erwin Don & Dorothy Faidley Nancy Fausch Judy Faust Jeff Fight Brent Findley Michael Fink Duane Flier Kathi Florea Kenneth Folkmann Russell & Marnie Fox Fox Farms Of Loveland, LLC Debra Frank Tom Frantzen Jennifer Frazee Will & Debora Frazee Frazee Farms Ltd. Brendan Freeman Freese Farm Partnership Phyllis A Freetly Fred & Leone Friedrichsen Friendly Acres Farm Jeff Fritz Jonathon Fuhs Andrew J. Geer John Gerdeman GLB Inc. Jane Graesser John Green Nissa Greenquist Kathleen Greif Tina Greiman Donald E. Grim

Gro Mor Llc Paul E. Guy Gvm Corporation Thomas Haan Charles Haden Chad Hafkey Chuck Hammond Nichole Hanks Benjamin Hanson Natalie Hanson Happy Acres Carla Harder Nathaniel Hartsock Dean & Janice Hauge Dan & Judy Hays Scott Headley Doug Hefty Bob Heimbaugh Jim Henderson David Henningsen Jeffery Hensley Chad Hertz Randall Hertz Charles Heston John & B. Elizabeth Hiel Thomas Hildreth Dorothy Mae Hildreth Revocable Living Trust Adam Hill Donald & Mary Beth Hill Jason Hirsch Jim Hochstetler Johnnie Hoggatt Frank & Trish Holdmeyer Brian P. Holt Lynn Hommer Honey Hollow/Franklin Broomworks Tony Honing Oosterhuis Farms Ltd, Marlin Marvin & Karen Hoskey Ron Hotger Hotger Farms Duane Houge Meghan Howell Brian Hughes


T.T. Hughes Wayne & MaryAn Huit Hush Massage and Skin Care LLC Joy Hutson Irvella Farm Llc. J & B Family Enterprise LLC Roger Jackson David Jacobson Lowell Jacobson Dennis Jans Morris Jansen Ryan Janssen Natalie Jefson Joel Jensen Jennifer Johnson Steven D. Johnson Sherrie Jones Gerald Judkins Robert Kaska Mike Kaufman Joslyn Kent Terry Kestner Kestrel Inc. Dennis Kiewiet Gary King Michael J. Kirlin Mike Kisling Justin Kluck Lynn R. Knutson Lyle Koehlmoos Koger Farms, Inc. Kody J. Kokemiller Keith Komprood Robert W. Koutny Kathy Krafka-Harkema Callie K. Kramer Michael Kruger Eric Kumm Kunzler Studios Dave Kurns Jody Langenhorst Brent A. Larson Nick S. Larson Angela Lauer

Loretta Lauer Mike Lauterbach Scott Lawrence Shawna Lee Steven Lee Legacy Asset Management Inc. Kevin Leistikow Robert Lenocker Ann Leonard Max Leyda Bill Linnenbrink Rob Lloyd Justin Lockwood Roger Loftin Michael Lovell Jeff Lyall Mark A. Lyle John Maahs Curtis Maddux Mag Farms LLC Thomas Manning Manning Farms Jaclynne Maranell Dave Martin Sam Martin Mike Marusiak Jane Maschka Jon & Linda Matson Stephen McClellan David McKinney Laura Mehlhaus Gary Meier Meimann & Sons Inc. Marc Menninga Joshua Menz Wyan Metzger Gary & Wanda Mickle Sarah Middendorf Jack Miller Thomas G. Miller Drew Mogler Jeffrey L. Montang Ryan Monthei Paul Moreland Colin Morris

Gary Mundy Tom Murray Susie Nation National Mississippi River Museum Steve Neal Nora Nelson Myron Ness Dale Nicholls Ben Novak Valerie Oberbroeckling Glenda Oberender Debra O’Connell Andrew Offenburger Janet Olsen Barbara J. Olson Bradley D. Olson James Olson Audrey O’Neil Jim Oosterhuis Oosterhuis Farms Ltd, Marlin David & Connie Passmore Scott Paulson Douglas H. Paulson Charles Peahl Larry Peelen Melissa Pence John Petricca David Petsche Larry Phillips David & Cindy Pint Greg Ploeger Heidi Pool Drew Porter Aaron A. Putze Matt Quindel Kirke C. Quinn Tyler Quint R.W. Hoenig Bros Frederick Raab Jim Rains Scott Rathje Brandon Reed Terry Reilly Gary Reinhart

Richard & Roxanne Reinig Warren A. Reiser Justin Reuter Mark Riedesel Cheryl C. Ries Amanda Rinehart Rising Sun Cafe Casey Robinson Randy Robinson Jerome Roell Richard Roepke Matt Rogers John Rohden Nicole Rourke Kelli Roush Coretha Rozendaal Alex Ryan S & B Feedyard Inc Josh Sabourin William Sanderson William J. Sandquist Cheryl Sansgaard Rizah Sarajjlija Gary Scarborough Stanley C. Schaaf Brooke Schaffer James Schelling Eric Schild Julie L. Schlichter John Schneider Richard Schwarting Shirley Sealine Kathryn Sehnert Terry Sell Seventy Seven Investment Co Eugene A. Severson Jerry Sharer Larry Sharer John Shea Evelyn Shivers Kaela Shoemaker Brett Shulista Patricia Shulista Butch Sigler Gary Silva

Leroy Simmons Brandon Simpson Perry Sinner Anthony L. Smith Eric Smith Neric Smith Page Smith Mark & Cindy Snell Carrie Snieder Sarah Sorenson Spear Farm LTD SpecCast Collectibles Steven & Kally Sporrer James R. Stacy Ronald D. Steenhoek Ray Stephan George Steuart Wayne Stewart Justin Stoll Richard Storch Stratton Farm Account Dianne S. Strickler Strom Farm Llc. Elizabeth Studer Katie Stutsman Jacob & Kelsey Sutter Sutter Family Farms Larry Swaim Bernadine M. Taylor Dan Taylor Ila J. Taylor Teachout Harvest James Tegner The Chocolate Storybook The Creamery Jeffrey A. Thompson Kelly Thompson Craig Thomsen Jim Thrasher Thrivent Bryant Tjeerdsma Ted Tostlebe Janet Trepp TS Weaver Farms, Inc Mary J. Tungesvik Deb Turnball

Merrill Tuttle Dennis Uitermarkt Uitermarkt Farm Thomas L. Upah Mark Van De Walle Christine Van Der Veer Jacob Van Horn Max Vande Lune Rachel VanderHeiden Dan A. Vesely Don & Bonnie Vos Living Trust Walker Family Farms LLC Eric Walther James Warnock Brandon Warren John Warrick Allen Wasko Doug Watt Lawrence Watts Mark Wellnitz George Wenig Westercamp Trust Lisa Westhoff Mark & Joyce Westhoff Charlie White Heather Whitman Daniel J. Wilhelmi Jerome Wille Lori Willenborg Michelle Wilson Charlie Wisecup Woebbeking Enterprises LTD Woodall Consulting Inc Patricia Wortman Lyle H. Wrage Jason Zamastil Qingyuan Zhang






Presented by Nationwide and the Iowa FFA Foundation, the Golden Owl Award recognizes agricultural educators across Iowa for their contributions in supporting the next generation of leaders in agriculture. The 2021 Iowa Golden Owl Award winner is Dr. Michael Retallick of Iowa State University. Dr. Retallick joined Iowa State in 2001 as the coordinator of academic advising and undergraduate admissions for the department. Retallick became assistant professor in 2006, associate professor in 2012, and professor in 2016. In 2021 he was named chair of the department of agricultural education and studies. To express his gratitude, he shares, “for me, it’s an honor to be recognized alongside the many great agriculture teachers who are in the trenches helping students pursue their passions. The fact this award is based entirely on nominations from students, parents, and fellow teachers is humbling.”


Iowa FFA Alumni and Supporters Chapters across the state are always on the lookout to find unique and diverse ways to help promote and support their local FFA Chapters. Every January, hundreds of Alumni members from across Iowa attend the Iowa FFA Alumni & Supporters Conference to learn, network, and share ideas with other chapter members from across the state. This event wouldn’t be possible without the support of partners and donors whose generous gifts ensure the conference remains free for all participants. For the Belle Plaine FFA Alumni, a unique combination of success at the state level and support from elementary teachers is laying the groundwork for the future of the chapter and beyond. This year, because of COVID, the FFA Chapter was a bit more limited on how they could interact with the kids, so the Alumni stepped in with some virtual solutions. Belle Plaine’s elementary teachers are very supportive of the FFA Chapter and are always willing to support the Chapter Members with these endeavors. So we created a document that included links to Virtual Field Trips to farms of all sorts, books that could be used as a read-aloud, links to activities to promote ag education at their levels. We also organized Zoom Read Alouds between several Chapter Officers and classrooms. After reading the book aloud, Chapter members held a question and answer session. Former and current FFA Members loaned us State, District,

Belle Plaine elementary students model official dress from Zach and Hope Brecht as part of National FFA Week.

and Chapter Jackets along with Official Dress pieces to see firsthand. For Belle Plaine FFA Alumni President and third-grade teacher Angel Brecht, the opportunity to showcase FFA took on a very special meaning. “My kids, which is what I call my students, know my passion for supporting the FFA and how I believe they can all learn more about themselves and the importance of understanding agriculture not only in our lives and state but for the future. They have heard me brag about my children, Hope and Zach, and my other “kids” that have grown exponentially because they chose to be a part of the Belle Plaine FFA Chapter.” Angel brought in the jackets and hung them around the room and loaned them out to each class that had virtual read alouds so that the Chapter members could explain their “uniforms.” Her third graders were in awe of these role models and wanted to know and experience as much as possible. Four students were selected to model some of the parts of the official dress.

The minute each item, suspenders to tie to jacket was placed on, the smile on their faces grew. These kids were so excited and felt so special. They wrote thank you notes to Zach for meeting with us and letting them see some of his and Hope’s official dress. Angel explained the impact of this program, “The exciting part for me were the messages I got from their parents after students went home and told them about all the things they could do in the FFA and how they were going to do that when they got to high school. We had a family or two seek out the local 4 H groups to get their kids started early. One young man was so excited that he wore his mother’s FFA jacket from Nebraska on our “FFA Dress Up” Day during FFA Week. It is often said that in order to find growth one must first plant a seed, and for the Belle Plaine FFA Alumni, these seeds planted amongst the elementary students will surely grow in increased membership at the chapter level as the years go by. 25


ONE FOREVER GIFT In 2001, a rich partnership was created between Hertz Farm Management and Iowa FFA to recognize student achievement in production agriculture through the support of an annual proficiency award. FFA proficiency awards recognize student achievement as they take skills learned in the classroom and implement these on individual projects known as Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAEs). Specifically, the Diversified Agricultural Production Proficiency Award recognizes the use of the best management practices available to produce and market a combination of at least one livestock species and one crop. Fast forward twenty years to 2021, in that time span Hertz Farm Management’s dedicated support of this award has impacted more than 4800 Iowa FFA members. For Hertz Farm Management 2021 also brought the celebration of their 75th Anniversary of providing the highest level of service, advice, communication, and commitment with integrity and care to farm families across four states in the Midwest.

As part of that celebration, they made a major commitment to the Iowa FFA Foundation by making a three-year commitment to the Iowa FFA Gold Standard Program, which included the endowment of the Diversified Agriculture Production Proficiency Award program in Iowa. Speaking with the Iowa FFA State Officers this summer, third-generation owner Chad Hertz noted, “One of the things that’s exciting about celebrating 75 years is looking ahead to the next 75 years and being focused on the foundation that my grandfather Carl built, of standing out to do what’s right and take care of people. FFA has been an important part in the story of our employees and our company. We are proud to partner with you.” The commitment to agricultural education and the Iowa FFA Foundation by Hertz Farm Management will ensure students’ success for the next 75 years and beyond.

Left to right: Chad Hertz meets with members of the Iowa FFA Officer team. Chad Hertz and Tom Hertz.




You can join them in donating 1/10th cent per bushel on grain marketed at Heartland Cooperative or Archer Cooperative by contacting your grain marketer today and asking to sign up for the Iowa FFA Foundation checkoff in support of Agricultural Education today! Heartland Cooperative A & J Koenig Trust A & M Farms, Inc. Aaron M. Burchland Adam Hill Alberta Jirak Andrew J. Geer Anthony L. Smith Arnold Realty Co. Auwaerter Farms B & C Burk Barbara J. Olson Ben Novak Bob Heimbaugh Bradley D. Olson Brandon Warren Brent A. Larson Brent Findley Brian P. Holt Butch Sigler Carruthers and Marsh Casey Robinson Chad Hafkey Charles Haden Charles Heston Check Inc. Clarke Family Trust Clint J. Bauer Collins Production Inc. Craig B. Earley Curtis Maddux D & B Henning Farms, Inc. D. Robert Downing Dale Barr Dale Nicholls Dan A. Vesely Dan Hays Dan Taylor Daniel J. Wilhelmi David and Betty Collison Trust

David Jacobson David McKinney Dean Bartelt Deka Corp. Dennis Kiewiet Dennis Oliver Denny Drake Dillard Farms LLC Don & Bonnie Vos Living Trust Don Faidley Donald E. Grim Donald Erb Donald G. Davidson Donald P. Hill Dorothy Mae Hildreth Revocable Living Trust Doug Hefty Douglas H. Paulson Doyle Drake Drake Family Farms LC Duane Houge Eric Schild Evelyn Shivers Fox Farms Of Loveland, LLC Frazee Farms Ltd. Fred Friedrichsen Freese Farm Partnership Friendly Acres Farm Gary Reinhart Gerald Judkins GLB Inc. Gregory Eibs Gro Mor Llc Gvm Corportation Happy Acres Harry Chilcote Heidi Pool Hillebo Family Farms, Inc.

Hotger Farms Howard R. Adrian Hunter Bros. Inc. Ila J. Taylor Irvella Farm Llc. J & B Family Enterprise LLC J & D Carlson Farms Inc Jack Miller James D. Doyle James Olson James Warnock Jason Hirsch Jeff Fritz Jeff Lyall Jeffrey L. Montang Jim Calvert Jim Henderson Jim Hochstetler Jim Rains Jim White Inc. Joe Pyle Joel Jensen John Green John Warrick Karl Eby Ken Crouse Ken D. Lund Ken Doyle Kenneth Folkmann Kestrel Inc. Kirke C. Quinn Kody J. Kokemiller Koger Farms, Inc. Kyle Allee Larry Sharer Larry Swaim Lawrence Daniels Lawrence Menke Estate Lawrence Watts Leo Haack

Leroy Simmons Lowell Jacobson Lucas Bushong Lyle H. Wrage Lynn R. Knutson Mag Farms LLC Manning Farms Mark A. Lyle Max Vande Lune Meimann & Sons Inc. Melonie Doyle Merrill Tuttle Michael J. Kirlin Michael L. Helland Michael Lovell Mike Kaufman Mike Kisling Morris Jansen Myron Ness Nancy Fausch Nick S. Larson Patricia Wortman Paul E. Guy Perry Sinner Phyllis Brown Family Trust R.W. Hoenig Bros Richard Schwarting Richard Siek Robert Anderson Robert Kaska Robert Lenocker Robert W. Koutny Roger Loftin Roger Twedt Ron Hotger Ron O. Dunblazier Ronald D. Steenhoek Ronald L. Barnes Russell Fox S & B Feedyard Inc Seventy Seven Investment Co

Shawna Lee Shirley Sealine Spear Farm LTD Stanley C. Schaaf Steve Cornelius Steve Cortum Steve Neal Steven Lee Stratton Farm Account Strom Farm Llc. T.S. Investments LLC T.T. Hughes Teachout Harvest Terry Sell Thomas Brewer Thomas G. Miller Thomas Hildreth Thomas L. Upah Travis Curry TS Weaver Farms, Inc Walker Family Farms LLC Westercamp Trust William Cooley William J. Sandquist Woebbeking Enterprises LTD Woodall Consulting Inc Archer Co-op Grain Company Jerry Buteyn Wes Dorhout Marvin Einck Tony Honing OosterHuis Farms Ltd, Marlin Jim Oosterhuis John Shea



SAE’S EXCEL IN 41 AREAS Agricultural Proficiency Awards honor FFA members who, through their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs, have developed specialized skills they can apply toward their future careers. As a part of their SAE projects, students learn real-life skills or proficiencies while conducting hands-on learning. While every proficiency

award area is different, there is a solid foundation of skills that can be learned with each one. Participation in each area makes student members more valuable assets as they embark on a possible career in agriculture. A portion of this year’s winners were able to show unique skills they had mastered in their areas including:

Grace Helle, of the Beckman Catholic FFA Chapter at Dyersville, is the winner in the area of Agriscience ResearchPlant Systems, which is sponsored by MinnTex Citrus. Helle has invested over 800 hours in her Agriscience Research Project that studied the impacts of road deicers on the environment. She specifically researched how salt and brine applications affect seed germination and plant growth.

Dana Kruse of the Central Lyon FFA Chapter at Rock Rapids is the winner in the area of Specialty Animal Production. Dana has productively invested over 260 hours in her beekeeping placement project on her FFA Chapter’s school farm. Through her SAE, she has learned about pollinator education, genetics, nutritional needs while expanding from two to three hives.

Hannah Koch of the Osage FFA is the winner in the area of Ag Processing, sponsored by Iowa Corn. Hannah has invested 876 hours in her work at S & S Locker. She performs proper safety procedures when handling and processing food products, uses new technologies to keep track of pre-orders, and has become more knowledgeable with cuts of meat.

Michael DeJong of the Montezuma FFA Chapter is the winner in the area of Agricultural Mechanics-Design and Fabrication, sponsored by CF Industries- Spencer & Garner Terminals. DeJong has invested over four years working for DeJong Manufacturing. He has diversified into various areas from laser cutting to welding. In total, they have earned over $6,500 across 450 hours utilizing technologies.


2021 PROFICIENCY AWARD WINNERS Agricultural Communications Heather Cernek, DeWitt Iowa Farmer Today Agricultural Education Courtney Schmitz, Fairbank Iowa State University Department of Agriculture Education and Studies

Equine Science Entrepreneurship Ellie Anderson, Indianola Iowa FFA Gold Standard Partners Equine Science Placement Jenna Leuthold, Inwood Iowa Horse Council Forage Production Carson Lambert, Gowrie Iowa FFA Gold Standard Partners

Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication Michael Dejong, Montezuma Iowa FFA Gold Standard Partners

Forest Management and Products Elliot Scheaffer, Sheldon MinnTex Citrus Inc., Minnesota

Agricultural Mechanics Repair & Maintenance Placement Kaleb King, Clarion Kreg Tool

Andraya Bahnson Andraya Bahnson, Inwood 4 Season Fundraising

Agricultural Processing Hannah Koch, Osage Iowa Corn

Goat Production Darci Rawson, Troy Mills Iowa Meat Goat Association

Agricultural Sales Entrepreneurship Trenton Rickels, Wyoming Titan Machinery

Grain Production Gabe Kooiker, Rock Rapids Iowa FFA Gold Standard Partners

Agricultural Sales Placement Elise Boulton, Montezuma Titan Machinery

Landscape Management Justin Heyer, Charles City Iowa FFA Gold Standard Partners

Agricultural Services Fallon Finnegan, Troy Mills Landus Cooperative

Nursery Operations Lindsey Laughlin, West Liberty Iowa FFA Gold Standard Partners

Agriscience Research - Animal Systems Jasmyn Hoeger, Dyersville Christensen Farms

Organic Agriculture - Entrepreneurship/Placement Evelyn Bauer, Eldridge J. Ward Organics LLC

Agriscience Research - Integrated Systems Tessa Tauke, Dyersville CHS Foundation

Outdoor Recreation Kylie Dietz, Nashua Iowa Trappers Association

Agriscience Research - Plant Systems Grace Helle, Dyersville MinnTex Citrus

Poultry Production Jennifer Holliday, Greenfield Rose Acres

Beef Production - Entrepreneurship Cole Neil, Fairbank Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation

Service Learning Mackenzy Ruff, Monona Iowa FFA Gold Standard Partners

Beef Production Placement Shayla Smith, Decorah Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation

Sheep Production Zachary Schoelerman, Spencer Iowa Club Lamb Association

Dairy Production Entrepreneurship Nathan Knapp, Inwood ISU Dairy Science Club

Small Animal Production and Care Avrey Knipper, Cherokee Iowa FFA Gold Standard Partners

Dairy Production Placement Hunter Thompson, Edgewood ISU Dairy Science Club

Dana Kruse Specialty Animal Production, Rock Rapids Iowa FFA Gold Standard Partners

Diversified Agricultural Production Hunter Holdgrafer, Preston Hertz Farm Management

Swine Production Entrepreneurship Brooklyn Kucera, Goose Lake Iowa Pork Producers Association

Diversified Crop Production Placement Brian Graves, Wilton CHS Foundation

Swine Production Placement Lane Knobloch, Inwood Hot Slat- Midwest Division

Diversified Horticulture Madelyn Vansickle, Gowrie Iowa FFA Gold Standard Partners

Turf Grass Management Trey Johnson, Winthrop Iowa Turfgrass Institute

Diversified Livestock Production Taylor Mccreedy, Atlantic Milt Luckstead Sr. Endowment

Vegetable Production Bryan York, Atlantic 4 Season Fundraising

Environmental Science & Natural Resources Management Hunter Cummings, West Union Izaak Walton League

Veterinary Science Haylee Pennock, Griswold Iowa FFA Gold Standard Partners



HORSING AROUND For Indianola FFA member Ellie Anderson, what began as a passion for horses at age six, turned into a profitable Supervised Agricultural Business with three separate business models. This recent high school senior was named the 2021 winner of the Iowa FFA Equine Science Proficiency Award and an Iowa in Agribusiness Star Finalist. As a freshman, Ellie was encouraged by her riding coach and her agricultural educator to turn her skills, talents, and passion for horses into a business. She started with five clients, training horses and giving riding lessons. Over the years, she learned that there were many challenges to working with people and animals. It taught her to become a more effective communicator and trainer by adjusting her techniques to the individual needs of the client, whether it be two-legged or four-legged so that she could communicate effectively and clearly. She added resale of horses to her business portfolio which brought about new challenges to operating her business but found that the communication and business skills she learned through her FFA career were leading her down the path of success. Being able to recognize, train and resell horses had provided her the opportunity to expand her business model. She credits much of her enthusiasm for FFA and her success on the support of local alumni 30 | IOWA FFA FOUNDATION ANNUAL REPORT

and her FFA Advisor Casey Brown, “The Alumni and donors in my chapter have allowed me to have some of the greatest experiences in my life because of their financial support. Thanks to them, I was able to attend the Washington Leadership Conference, which was truly a life-changing experience, I am so thankful for them! My Ag teacher not only made my FFA career so amazing but also my entire high school experience. She always pushes us to go further, reach higher and achieve more than we thought possible. She holds such a special place in my life and the lives of countless others.” With her high school career over and college just around the corner, with more than 40 clients, she has looked back at her journey recognizing the most rewarding part, “I love seeing the transformation that happens in kids over time as they learn and grow in their horsemanship skills. I have seen shy and timid children turn into confident, outgoing, and excited kids who love to learn and challenge themselves. It is truly so rewarding to be a part of that transformation.” Ellie’s story is just one example of the ways FFA members continue to find career success with their Supervised Agricultural Experience projects, not only transforming their own lives, but also the lives of others.


I’m a Corduroy Club Member for many reasons, one of which is my passion for ag education. The members who wear the Blue and Gold are the future of our industry. During my time as an FFA member, I was blessed to be able to experience new things, learn about Iowa Agriculture, and make so many connections. It is my pleasure to be able to give back to the organization that shaped me into who I am today. — Bailey Steffen FFA is truly what their initials stand for – Future Farmers of America. With the ever-changing ag climate, the future leaders of agriculture need to be prepared to lead those changes. The Corduroy Club is the perfect way to help foster the leadership needed for the future. By providing that monthly support, the Iowa FFA Foundation can best apply those resources to carry on the traditions of the past and lead agriculture and our farmers into tomorrow. — Jim and Irene Gardner I choose to be part of the Corduroy Club because it’s a great way for me to support an organization that has provided me with so much. The opportunities that FFA provided me helped grow not only my agricultural knowledge but my personal character as well. These life lessons continue to impact my life even two years after I last put on the jacket. I truly believe in the ways this organization changes the lives of members, and I am a part of the Corduroy Club so that I can help provide the opportunities that changed my life to other members. My hope is that each member who zips up the jacket is able to leave the organization with a little more passion for agriculture, and confidence in their abilities to impact those around them. — Natalie Jefson

2021 DONORS Andrew Arends Logan Bauer Jason Berkland Hope Brecht Angel Brecht Anthony Brecht Lindsay Calvert Patrick Diedrich Zachary Drape Matthew Eddy Andrew Edson Jim & Irene Gardner Scott & Carolyn Harold Joe Heinrich Erin Hoffman Marvin & Karen Hoskey Jim Howell Natalie Jefson Jennifer Johnson Gerald Kinney Scott Kirstein Michael Knight Joshua & Caitlin Remington Tim & Emily Rhoades Joshua Roberts Kory Ross Zoie Shook Bailey Steffen David & Jaqueline Van Ahn Molly Vincent Bryon Weesner Shelby Westhoff Benjamin & Allison Zelle

Left to Right: Bailey Steffen, Jim and Eileen Gardner, Natalie Jefson


STARS OVER IOWA The Stars Over Iowa award program recognizes FFA members who have outstanding involvement in all components of the three-circle model: Classroom/Laboratory, Supervised Agricultural Experience, and FFA. Students can apply in one of the four-star areas: agribusiness, agricultural placement, agricultural production, and agriscience. Students who apply and qualify for their Iowa FFA Degree the same year are eligible to compete in this award area. The finalists are interviewed and an overall winner is selected and recognized. The Stars Over Iowa Program is made possible with support from Beck’s Hybrids through the Iowa FFA Foundation. The 2021 Star in Ag Placement Winner is Michael DeJong of the Montezuma FFA Chapter. His SAE at DeJong Manufacturing consists of fabricating metal parts through various processes for large agricultural companies. Over the last few years, DeJong has invested over 490 hours in his SAE. At DeJong’s, he has worked in the laser, paint, insertion press, turret punching, and shipping departments. This program has allowed him to diversify himself in the agricultural metal fabrication industry. The skills he has learned and advanced through his SAE program will be critical to his future career as he wants to continue his work in the metal fabrication industry. After graduation, DeJong will attend Iowa State University to double major in industrial engineering and business analytics.

Zachary Schoelerman of the Spencer FFA Chapter is the Star in Ag Production winner. His SAE projects include raising purebred Southdown sheep and feeding cattle. Schoelerman started with 6 head of feeder steers and has marketed a total of 196 head over the course of his project, exceeding industry benchmarks for both average daily gain and feed efficiency. His Southdowns began with 10 foundational ewes and has expanded to 72 ewes and replacements. Through online sales and social media, he has marketed sheep into 15 states. After graduation Schoelerman plans to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine focusing on small ruminant reproduction.

Elliot Scheaffer of the Sheldon FFA Chapter is the 2021 Star in Agribusiness winner. His SAE includes finding trees that have fallen or are unwanted and then processing them into the valuable product of firewood. Elliot markets the wood in the summer as firewood for both camp fires and fireplaces as well as heating in wood stoves. He got started after a big ice storm downed a bunch of trees and there was a need to clear them. Elliot offered to remove the trees for people in exchange for the wood. His business has grown from when he started by adding equipment, to improve efficiency and productivity. Elliot has also expanded his business by marketing on Facebook. The biggest contributor of success to his business venture was a demand for the product he was providing and the availability of materials available to process into firewood. After graduation, Elliot plans to attend Northwest Iowa Community College for Engineering with a focus on machinery and welding.

The Star in Agriscience Winner is Jasmyn Hoeger of the Beckman Catholic FFA Chapter at Dyersville. Her SAE focuses on research in the Animal Science field and specifically animal, dehorning. Jasmyn’s primary interest in Agriscience began when she saw issues on her family cattle farm concerning dehorning and skin condition treatments. Therefore, instead of criticizing them, she decided to discover a solution. Through her research, Hoeger has learned to be persistent, inquisitive, and adaptable in order to create a novel media and culturing method for horn-producing cells. This research has given scientists a method of growing horn-producing cells for their research as well as benefiting farmers, veterinarians, and cattle in the farming industry. After graduation, Hoeger plans to attend the University of Iowa to major in Nursing to become a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner.


25TH GOLF TOURNAMENT A SUCCESS For twenty-five years the Iowa FFA Foundation Golf Tournament has been held to raise funds for a scholarship for the Iowa FFA state officer team. The 25th Annual Iowa FFA Foundation Golf Tournament was held on Thursday, June 17th at Veenker Memorial Golf Course in Ames, Iowa with thirty teams competing. Golfers braved oppressive 102-degree temps, but a fairly strong south wind kept the course cool and challenging at the same time. Each golfer received a commemorative golf towel and sack lunch from Chick-Fil-A of Ames. The course was dotted with twenty-three hole sponsors and golfers had the opportunity to win a 2022 Buick Enclave or a John Deere Gator on holes sponsored by Bob Brown GMC in Ankeny and Van Wall Implement.

The Iowa FFA State Officer team and Iowa PAS officers greeted golfers, helped with tee assignments, and sold tickets to the 50/50 raffle which saw its highest payout ever of $632.50! A local favorite foursome from Cyclone Sports Properties took home the first place trophy with a blistering 58, two strokes ahead of the second-place team from American Family Insurance. A combined Gold Standard Partner team from Christensen Farms and Kreg Tool placed third with a round of 62. After a long hot day, golfers were all smiles and raised more than $37,000 supporting scholarships and agricultural education!


IN MEMORY Terrell Baker

Larry Bylund

William Evans

Jane Maschka

Kathryn Sehnert

Brady Hanson, Father of Bob Hanson,

Jeffrey L. Blackford

past FFA State President

Dennis Appelhons

Tina Greiman

Jane Blackford Pam Blackford Timothy Elliott

Maxine O’Connor Jessica O’Connor

Susan J. Graeser

Kyle Porter

Lynn Hommer

Ronald & Mary Beth Zelle

Legacy Asset Management Inc. Debra O’Connell

John Scott

Frederick Raab

Dianne S. Strickler

Julie L. Schlichter

Dean Stall

Bernadine M. Taylor Jim Bowden Sally Bowden

IN HONOR Keith Denner, Merry Christmas, Keith! Nissa Greenquist Isaiah Remington Justin & Connie Tolan


Ray Stall


BRIDGING THE GAP Iowa PAS (Professional Agricultural Students) is a student-led organization that lives up to its motto “Uniting Education and Industry through Agriculture.” PAS provides students with the opportunity to network with industry professionals and peers. Iowa PAS has been blessed with the best industry partners like the Iowa Corn Growers Association, which in turn gives us the opportunity to broaden our agricultural experiences. Iowa Corn has been a great partner over the years, providing great value to our students through student memberships, Collegiate Advisory Team, and various Iowa Corn programs and events. Iowa Corn also provides a representative who serves on the Iowa PAS Board of Directors. The current representative works hard all year long to attend many of our events and actively participate, whether it is judging a Career Program Area event, visiting with PAS members, or speaking at conference sessions. Many of our partners have been able to provide various agriculture industry tours to our members for years, which then in turn leads to making industry connections for our students. As a state we provide a fall conference to all our Iowa PAS members during which we connect with our partners which is especially important as our conference occurs at that time when they are looking for student interns or filling full-time positions. PAS events are also a great opportunity for students to network with future employers, tour facilities, or listen to them during conference workshops, which in turn allows students to develop a direct connection to potential career opportunities. PAS members

also have the opportunity to network with each other, help or assist each other, and develop lifelong friendships. The type of relationships that are built at conferences between peers are ones that can last a lifetime. Iowa PAS is one of the largest state PAS organizations in the nation and works well with several other upper Midwest state PAS organizations. This past summer, the Iowa PAS State Officer team met and interacted with state officers from Illinois and Minnesota. Through this, five Midwestern states are working together to develop and host a larger fall conference that will bring PAS members in from all over to connect with industry, enhance their leadership and communication skills, and tour various agriculture industries.


State Officers from Iowa, Illinois, and Minnesota.


Gifts will be matched An anonymous donor will generously contribute 50 cents for every $1.00 given for agricultural programs supported by the Iowa FFA Foundation. This match will continue until the debt is retired on the FFA Enrichment Center. The chart below shows how a gift can grow.



















How you can help invest in our future leaders Investing in future leaders is a way you can positively impact agricultural education and agribusiness in Iowa for years to come. • Gifts may be made in cash or securities • Gifts can include bequests, real estate, life insurance, grain, and personal property • Matching gifts through your employer or spouse’s employer can double, even triple your gift • Pledges are encouraged and may be extended over a period of up to five years (a reminder will be mailed to you each year)

• Your gift may be made in honor or in memory of someone (a letter recognizing your gift will be mailed to the person you are honoring or the family of the person you are memorializing) • Please know that your gift to the Iowa FFA Foundation is tax-deductible to the greatest extent of the law • Remember that your gift will be matched 50 cents for every dollar given

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