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IPPA/IPSC supports Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement 

Every year, the Iowa Purebred Swine Council supports the Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement (IFAA) by funding two $1,500 scholarships, awarded to outstanding youth involved in the swine industry. IFAA is a non-profit organization comprised of livestock enthusiasts dedicated to encouraging 4-H and FFA members to pursue ag-related careers. IFFAA is responsible for the annual Iowa State Fair Sale of Champions and scholarship program.
Congratulations to our scholarship winners!

The Iowa Purebred Swine Council provides more than $11,000 in premiums to youth swine exhibitors. The IPSC provides additional premiums to 4-H and FFA swine exhibitors to encourage youth to show purebreds at the Iowa State Fair. The award money, which is funded through the Pork Checkoff program, is in addition to the premiums provided by the Iowa State Fair and is distributed in both the Market Hog and Derby Shows. 

Other Activities

  • Iowa State University Ames Testing Station Fellowship
  • Clay County Fair Premiums: $100 per breed
  • Iowa State Fair Shows/Sales
  • Iowa State Fair 4-H Premier Swine Exhibitor Sponsor
  • Team Purebred Sponsor
  • National Junior Swine Association Sponsor
  • Iowa State Fair All Breeds Picnic Host

2013 Premier Swine Exhibitor Scholarships

1st place: $1,000; 2nd place: $500; 3rd place: $500

Premier FFA Swine Exhibitor Scholarships

The Iowa Purebred Swine Council sponsored the three scholarships from this event. This program is designed to recognize FFA swine project members who can articulate their understanding about the future of the animal industry and their knowledge about animal production. This event is for FFA exhibitors who have completed their junior or senior year in high school.

What is involved?
A composite score is computed from the following five elements:
1. Showmanship (15%)
2. Best show ring ribbon earned (10%)
3. A seven-minute interview (25%)
4. 30-minute exam covering questions on production (25%)
5. 30-minute Skill-a-thon (25%)

The 2013 winners are:
1st Place: $1,000 scholarship - Dan Harmsen, Rock Valley
2nd Place: $500 scholarship - Jordan Bjustrom, Clarksville
3rd Place: $500 scholarship - Noah Taylor, Bouton

Youth Activities and Sponsorship

2013 Iowa Purebred Swine Council Scholarship Winners
Two $1,500 scholarships were awarded


2013 Iowa Purebred Swine Council Scholarship recipients Brett Lilienthal (second from left) and Austin Lane (second from right) are shown with IPPA Producer Outreach Director Kelly Sheets (far left) and IPSC President Ben Schmaling (far right).

Brett Lilienthal
Parents: Bob and Taci Lilienthal
Coming from a family owned wean-to-finish hog operation in eastern Iowa, Lilienthal has been involved in all aspects of pork production. He was a three-sport athlete in high school, involved in 4-H and FFA and had a leadership role in the Wilton FFA Ag Farm as it became more successful in the production and showing of its animals. Brett has shown hogs at the county and state levels and was active in livestock judging, even serving on the Iowa team at the National Western Stock Show. He and his brother recently founded Birds Eye Imagery, a crop scouting company. Brett is currently a freshman at Iowa State University, majoring in ag studies.

Austin Lane

Parents: Ken and Karen Lane
Austin is a student at Iowa State University majoring in animal science. He is active in Block and Bridle and served on the Spring Market Hog Show and Spring Prospect Sale committees. Lane was co-chair of the 2012 Little North American Showmanship Committee. He grew up in 4-H and FFA and held several officer positions. He earned both the Iowa and American FFA degrees and he is a recipient of the Iowa FFA Swine Entrepreneur Proficiency Award. His family has a farrow-to-finish swine business in Jackson County and he has raised hogs since he was four years old. He purchased two purebred Berkshire gilts when he was 13. He hopes to return to the family hog operation upon graduation.

2013 Iowa Pork Producers Association Scholarship Winners
Two $1,000 scholarships were awarded


2013 IPPA Scholarship winners Matthew Romoser and Mariah Schmitt are flanked by IPPA Producer Outreach Director Kelly Sheets (far left) and IPPA President Greg Lear (far right).

Matthew Romoser
Parents: Robert and Mary Romoser

Matthew grew up on a farrow-to-finish hog farm in Washington County and has a foundation and interest in both swine production and breeding. He currently makes the majority of the genetic decisions for his family’s swine herd. Romoser is a past 4-H Club president and former Keota FFA Chapter president. As an animal science major at Iowa State University, he works part-time at the Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine. Matthew has been an officer of Block and Bridle, an ambassador for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and a mentor for the Animal Science department. He looks forward to a future as a large animal veterinarian and continuing to raise and sell show pigs.

Mariah Schmitt
Fort Atkinson

Parents: Carl and Terry Schmitt

Mariah entered Iowa State University this fall and is majoring in public service and administration and animal science. Swine and goats have been her primary interests. After college, Schmitt wants to own a swine business that specializes in Berkshire hogs with hopes of marketing farm fresh pork to local restaurants, grocery stores and consumers. She spent more than 300 hours during high school promoting agriculture in Winneshiek County and was the first Turkey Valley student to earn her Iowa FFA Degree. Mariah was a state champion in both 4-H and FFA Dairy Judging contests and she represented the U.S. at the Royal Highland Show in Scotland. Her resume also includes serving as Winneshiek County 4-H Senior Council president.


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