Charity Steer Show set for Aug. 10

DES MOINES — The 2019 Governor’s Charity Steer Show on Aug. 10 will mark the 37th consecutive year the beef industry has raised funds to help families who utilize the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Iowa.

The show ring competition  at 4 p.m. in the Pioneer Livestock Pavilion at the Iowa State Fair. Celebrities will lead 25 steers around the ring, vying for the championship designation, showmanship honors and the People’s Choice award.

Immediately following the competition, the steers will be sold at auction with proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Iowa. Both the show ring event and the auction are open to the public.

Since the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association began the event in 1983, it has raised more than $3.5 million for the Des Moines, Iowa City and Sioux City Ronald McDonald House Charities. 

Each of the 25 steers are owned by Iowa youth who have cared for the animals and participated in other shows with them. The youth prepare the animals for the show and assist a celebrity in the show ring. Sponsors reimburse the youth for the cost of the animal and choose the celebrity.

Trade association created for hemp

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — The Minnesota Industrial Hemp Association, a non-profit trade association, has been formed to ensure that opportunities for CBD and other products derived from industrial hemp continue to grow.

The association seeks to position Minnesota as a leader in industrial hemp, according to MIHA President Dave Ladd.

The growth of industrial hemp as an alternative crop continues to lead to new marketing opportunities, and hemp-based products such as CBD oil have grown in popularity as natural remedies.

The group will monitor legislative and regulatory issues related to the industrial hemp and CBD industries, try to prevent actions such as tax increases or restrictions on marketing of CBD products.

For more information, go to or e-mail​.

Dig into 'Dirt Rich' program

BECKER, Minn. — Learn the principles of silvopasture, oak savanna restoration, grazing management, and how these techniques can boost your farm profitability at the Sustainable Farming Association's "Dirt Rich: Building Soil Health Experts" on Sept. 18 in Becker.

The program, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tom Barthel and Gail Wilkinson's Snake River Farm, 18251 62nd St., will showcase a diverse grass-based farm that produces bison, beef cattle and pastured pork and poultry.

Speakers include Barthel and Wilkinson; Kent Solberg, SFA livestock and grazing specialist; and Extension educators Diomy Zamora and Gary Wyatt.

Cost is $25 for SFA members or $35 nonmembers and includes lunch, coffee and all materials.

To register or for more information, go to