COL Riehle president of national sheep group
Desirae Riehle of Cresco has been elected president of the National Junior Southdown Association and also completed a successful season of showing sheep.
At this year's National Junior Southdown Show held during the American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ken., Riehle exhibited the reserve champion futurity ewe. She had the champion ewe the past two years and also won the award in 1997.
Joining Riehle in the show ring was her nephew Austin Lewis. He received a fourth place with his futurity lamb. At four years of age, Austin was the youngest ever competitor in the contest and ended up in the top five in the nation.
Riehle and Austin exhibited their sheep at 13 state fairs in the country. They had class winners at all 13 fairs and received many other honors.
During October, Riehle's ram lamb was champion ram at the National Eastern Regional Show in Harrisburg, Penn.
Watershed awarded $212,000
The Winneshiek, Howard and Allamakee County Soil and Water Conservation Districts have been awarded $212,000 for the 2002 Upper Iowa River Watershed Corridor Protection EQIP Program.
The funds are available to private landowners in the Upper Iowa River Watershed and are expected to improve the water quality of the streams in the watershed and the quality of the water in the Upper Iowa River.
Several conservation practices are eligible for 75 percent cost share with this program. The program promotes rotational grazing and is one of the first of its kind in Iowa.
The program allows producers to let cattle flash-graze streamside pastures.
Sign up for the program is Jan. 28 through Feb. 8 for more information telephone Natural Resources Conservation Service offices in Winneshiek, Howard and Allamakee counties.
IPPA introduces new leadership program
The Iowa Pork Producers Association has introduced a new youth program. The goal of the Pork Youth Ambassador program is to increase the knowledge and involvement of youth in the pork industry, said Liza Alton, chairperson of the Pork Youth Ambassador Committee.
The program is checkoff funded and targeted toward any student in grades 7-12 who has an interest, or is involved in, the pork industry.
Several activities have been planned for the year, including a Legislative Day in February, a summer Pork Leadership Institute and various activities during the Iowa State Fair, October Pork Month and at the upcoming Iowa Pork Congress. Youth are also encouraged to participate with their county groups.
The Pork Youth Ambassador Program is built around an incentive system in which participants receive points for attending and participating in IPPA programs and activities. Prizes will be awarded based on the number of points they receive.
Master pork producers honored
Eleven top Iowa pork producer operations will be honored at this week as Master Pork Producers for 2001 at the Iowa Pork Congress.
2001 Master Pork Producers from northern Iowa are Delmer and Paula Scholten, Inwood; Terry Murray, Storm Lake; Larry and Karman Nilges, Sumner; Jerry and Wanda Brink, Elkader; Larry Tinker, Edgewood; and Rod Conrad and Gary Cook, Winthrop.
2001 Master Seedstock Producers are Neil and Lisa Albertson, Fremont; and David Martin, Marion.
The Master Pork Producer program gives recognition to the top producers in the state based on operational innovation, quality, efficiency and production records.
Also being honored as premium producers are Master Seedstock Producers, the Pork All-American and the Honorary Master Pork Producers.
All 2001 Master Pork Producer operations are Pork Quality Assurance certified and committed to providing quality pork products.
The Iowa Pork Producers Association and Iowa State University Extension conduct the Master Pork Producer program.