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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

2014 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 2014 winners are:
1st Place: $1,000 scholarship - Caleb Beer, DeWitt
2nd Place: $500 scholarship - Austin Lane, Spragueville
3rd Place: $500 scholarship - Ross Lilenthal, Durant

Youth Activities and Sponsorship

2014 Iowa Purebred Swine Council Scholarship Winners
Two $1,500 scholarships were awarded

2014 Iowa Purebred Swine Council Scholarship recipients Bay Boysen (left) and Grace Seaba (right) are shown with IPSC President Ben Schmaling.

Bay Boysen
Columbus Junction
Parents: Aaron and Bambi Boysen
Boysen is attending Iowa State University and majoring in horticulture. She has a minor in the ag entrepreneurial program. Her career goal is to own a farrow-to-finish operation and feels combining her artistic ability in floriculture with swine production allows her to be involved in and to explore agriculture diversity. “Swine is my primary interest because I’ve dedicated a large percentage of my life to raising swine and promoting the swine industry,” she said. In FFA, Boysen was a member of state champion teams in dairy foods, meat evaluation and agriculture sales. Her success in swine exhibition includes premier exhibitor at the National Western Stock Show and she had the reserve champion 4-H market hog at the Iowa State Fair. Bay has been active in Sigma Alpha, Block & Bridle and the Agriculture Business Club at Iowa State.

Grace Seaba

Parents: Bruce and Lisa Seaba
Seaba was elected president of her 4-H Club at age 12 even though she was a city girl. She also served as reporter and vice president of her FFA chapter. Even though she was raised in town, Grace believes in agriculture and the swine industry. “The most passionate moment for me in FFA was delivering my speech on how agriculture is available to anyone and that it is the real future for tomorrow,” she said. Seaba gave this speech at the FFA state prepared public speaking contest and placed third. She also was a member of the FFA national horse evaluation team, a member of the FFA state champion livestock evaluation team and received the degree of excellence at the Iowa State Fair in the 4-H extemporaneous Speaking Contest. One of her greatest joys has been showing purebred market swine. Grace will major in animal science at ISU and hopes to eventually obtain an advanced degree in animal genetics.

2014 Iowa Pork Producers Association Scholarship Winners
Two $1,000 scholarships were awarded

IPPA Past-President Greg Lear (left) with 2014 IPPA Scholarship winner Ben Jacobsen.
Ben Jacobsen
Parents: Corey and Kim Jacobsen
Jacobsen is a veteran swine exhibitor having shown pigs since he was 10 years old. He showed the reserve champion FFA market hog at the 2013 Iowa State Fair. “I cannot describe how much relationships with breeders and others in the industry means to me,” he said. “I hope to cultivate the same type of relationship with young people someday.” Ben has held multiple offices in 4-H, however, his real leadership passion has been leading county-wide showmanship clinics and sessions on how to select prospect pigs to help youth become better swine showman and more successful with their projects. He has also participated at the Iowa State Fair in wood working, welding, small engines and photography. Jacobsen started his freshman year at Iowa State University in August and has a double major in agriculture business and animal science. As an active livestock judge, he hopes to join the ISU livestock judging team.
IPPA Past-President Greg Lear (left) with 2014 IPPA Scholarship winner Tanner McArtor.
Tanner McArtor
Mt. Pleasant

Parents: Kenneth and Brooke McArtor
McArtor is nearing completion of an animal science degree at Iowa State University and he will graduate next spring. He has a minor agronomy. With a major interest in swine and beef, he has completed an internship at Iowa Select Farms and works at the ISU Beef Nutrition Research Farm. Tanner is a member of the ISU Block & Bridle Club where he has been active as vice president of the beef interest group. He also worked on the Cyclone Classic Cattle Show, the ISU Spring Market Hog Show and the ISU Little North American Livestock Showmanship Competition committees. McArtor participated in the 2014 Agriculture Entrepreneurship Initiative competition where his team placed 2nd. He is still active in his local county as a member of the 4-H Swine Committee and helping with the 4-H Food Safety Quality Assurance Certification program to help educate youth about the importance of safety as they raise a food source.
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