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col Dairy checkoff board elects directors

MINNEAPOLIS -- The board of the Midwest Dairy Association --Iowa Division elected new officers at its March meeting in Minneapolis.

G. Joe Lyon, Toledo is chairman; Norbert Schmidt, Readlyn, vice chairman; Dan Hotvedt, Mabel, Minn., secretary; and Larry Shover, Delhi, treasurer.

New dairy farmer members on the board are Jim Tentinger, Remsen, and Jim Schmitt, Sherrill.

Lyon, Shover, Hotvedt, Schmidt, Pam Bolen of Clarksville and Jeanne Breuer of Hull were also elected to serve on the MDA Corporate Board. The Midwest Dairy Association, of which the Iowa Division is a part, represents nearly 14,000 dairy farmers in nine states including Illinois, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri and eastern Oklahoma.

Rake will host Borderline Tractor Ride

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RAKE, Iowa -- KIOW Radio and the community of Rake are planning a Borderline Tractor Ride June 18 to raise money for the Rake Community Grocery Store.

The event will take riders through Rake, Buffalo Center, Woden, Crystal Lake and Thompson. The $25 entry fee -- payable to Rake Tractor Ride -- includes an evening meal. Breakfast will be served from 6:30 a.m.-8 a.m. in the Rake Fire Station and the ride will start at 8 a.m.

Entries must be postmarked by May 1. Additional information is available from Phil Benn at FC Elevator, (641) 566-3351.

Application forms are available at the Rake Community Store, FC Elevator, State Savings Bank, all located in Rake; Ag Performance and Ernie Williams John Deere, Buffalo Center; and Titonka Savings Bank in Thompson.

ISU MANRRS chapter wins national award

AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State's Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences chapter was named the national Chapter of the Year April 2 at the MANRRS 20th annual Career Fair and Conference in Pittsburgh.

The chapter's entry materials and presentation focused on its many community service activities including participating in Habitat for Humanity, building a playground, canned food and clothing drives and cleaning the Curtiss Hall auditorium weekly.

MANRRS is a national society of people from all racial and ethnic group involved in agricultural and related sciences. There are 66 chapters at universities and colleges nationwide.

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Transitioning to organic workshop set

KALONA, Iowa -- A workshop to discuss the transition from conventional to organic production will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 16 in the Family Cupboard Restaurant in Kalona.

A lunch featuring local organic food will be provided for conference attendees.

Highlights of the workshop will include helpful hints from organic farmers, discussion on the certification process, tips on crop selection, information on organic markets, fertility and weed management advice, and suggestions on dealing with the threat of soybean rust.

4-State Dairy event is June 15-16

DUBUQUE, Iowa -- The 4-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference is scheduled June 15-16 in the Grand River Center, Dubuque. The conference is sponsored by the Extension Services of Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Presentations will focus on improving cow comfort, positive and negative reproduction impacts of high energy intake and more.

Breakout sessions will feature University of Minnesota dairy specialists Marcia Endres, Jim Linn and Jeff Reneau.

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For more information, contact your local Extension office.

ISU staffers earn national recognition

AMES, Iowa -- Honors were given April 7 to two faculty members of the Iowa State University Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at the Iowa Section Meeting of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers.

Amy Kaleita, assistant professor, was named the Newcomer of the Year at the meeting, which was held at Hawkeye Renewables in Iowa Falls. Kaleita teaches courses in hydrology and water quality.

Brian Steward, assistant professor, was presented the Young Engineer of the Year award. Steward teaches courses in fluid power engineering and applications and is developing the ISU Fluid Power Laboratory to provide students more hands-on learning experiences.

Former lawmaker Betty Clark dies

ROCKWELL, Iowa -- Betty Jean Clark, who served as in the Iowa Legislature for 14 years has died. She was 84.

Clark died April 10 at Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit. During her time in the Iowa House, from 1976 to 1990, Clark, a Republican, was known for her bipartisan efforts for the youth of Iowa, women's issues and education.

Known to her friends and colleagues as Beje, she was known as someone with a sense of humor who cared for people.

"Beje was terribly kind and very, very concerned about poor people and what could be done to help," said Deo Koenigs, a St. Ansgar Democrat who served in the House with Clark. "She was a person of real purpose."

Clark was born in Kansas City. She married Homer Clark in 1950 and the couple moved to Rockwell when he took a job teaching in the Mason City school system.

Buchele receives honor from university

AMES, Iowa -- Wes Buchele, an emeritus professor in Iowa State University's agricultural and biosystems engineering department, has received an award from the University of Arkansas.

Buchele was one of 11 people who received the first-ever Distinguished Alumni Engineering award. The award honors the professional and personal achievement of University of Arkansas College of Engineering graduates.

He holds nearly 25 patents for his inventions and supervised graduate students who received another 10.

Pork Academy set June 8 in Des Moines

DES MOINES -- The Pork Checkoff will hold a Producers Opportunity for Revenue and Knowledge Academy June 8 in the Downtown Marriott in Des Moines.

Pork Academy is a series of in-depth seminars designed specifically to meet the need for pork producers to remain competitive in today's rapidly changing world.

The academy runs from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

For more information, call 1-800-456-7675.

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