Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement
Iowa State Fair
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.
The Iowa Purebred Swine Council provides more than $7,000 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.
2012 Iowa State Fair 4-H Derby Contest
The Iowa Purebred Swine Council will offer $3,000 premium money in the 4-H Purebred Derby show. The champion on-foot, purebred derby hog will receive $300, reserve champion on-foot, purebred derby hog will receive $150. $750 will be distributed among the top placing in the derby live show. The champion purebred carcass derby hog will receive $480; the reserve champion purebred derby will receive $240; and $1,000 will be distributed among the next 18 purebred placings in the purebred derby carcass competition. If the champion derby carcass overall is purebred, an additional $1,000 will be paid in premium. If the reserve champion derby overall is purebred, an additional $500 in premiums will be paid. Exhibitors must furnish purebred registration papers.
2012 FFA Derby Show
The Iowa Purebred Swine Council will offer $450 premium money, the live derby show champion will receive $300 and the live reserve champion will receive $150. If the champion is a purebred, an additional $1,000 will be awarded in premiums. If the reserve champion is a purebred, an additional $500 will be awarded in premiums. Exhibitors must furnish registration papers.
2012 4-H Purebred Market Hog show
The Iowa Purebred Swine Council will offer $1,800 in the 4-H Purebred Market classes.
2012 FFA - Purebred Market Hog show
The Iowa Purebred Swine Council will offer $2,400 in the FFA Purebred Market Classes.
- 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
2012 Premier Swine Exhibitor Scholarships
1st place: $1,500; 2nd place: $1,000; 3rd place: $500
Premier 4-H Swine Exhibitor Scholarships
The Iowa Purebred Swine Council sponsored the three scholarships from this event. This program is designed to recognize 4-H 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 senior 4-Hers 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 Skillathon (25%)
The 2012 winners are:
1st Place: $1,500 scholarship - Kendra Kehrli, Winthrop
2nd Place: $1,000 scholarship - Lexi Marek, Riverside
3rd Place: $500 scholarship - Jonathan Triggs, Mt. Ayr
Youth Activities and Sponsorship
2012 Iowa Purebred Swine Council Scholarship Winners
Two $1,500 scholarships were awarded
|2012 IPSC Scholarship recipient Drew Geurink (left) with IPPA Producer Outreach Director Kelly Sheets.|
Parents: Russell and Lisa Geurink
Geurink has been an active 4-H and FFA member helping with many volunteer and community service projects and serving as president of his 4-H club. He has been raising and showing swine, including purebred Yorkshires, for eight years. His home-raised pigs have helped him earn numerous championships and several showmanship awards at both the county and state levels. Drew also has shown cow/calf and breeding heifer projects very successfully. “Working with my animal projects, although sometimes strenuous, has shown me that if you work hard at something you will be rewarded down the road; whether it is an award, profit or just the pleasure of knowing you raised an animal from start to finish and allowed it to live a healthy life,” Geurink said. He will attend Iowa Central Community College and major in agriculture business. He hopes to someday return to the family farm.
Parents: William and Karon Jurgemeyer
Jurgemeyer remembers following her father around, asking questions and doing what she could to help with the pigs since she was very young. She has exhibited pigs at the North Iowa and Iowa State fairs. “Agriculture is my passion,” Jurgemeyer said. “I want to go back to serve the swine industry by working in education and/or communications. I believe all agriculture is very important and that very message should be communicated to others.” Brittany is currently a senior at Iowa State University, where she is majoring in public service and administration in agriculture. Jurgemeyer was the North Central State FFA vice president and a national FFA Collegiate Agriculture ambassador. She has served as secretary of the AG Business Club and peer mentor and president of the Public Service and Administration Club. She is a member of the NAMA Marketing team. Jurgemeyer also has participated in international programs in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Uganda.
2012 Iowa Pork Producers Association Scholarship Winners
Two $1,000 scholarships were awarded
IPPA President Bill Tentinger is flanked by 2012 IPPA Scholarship winners Sterling Schnepf (left) and Celsey Moody.
Parents: David and Alice Moody
Celsey has been active in both 4-H and FFA, exhibiting swine and cattle and participating in livestock judging contests. She has served as president of her 4-H club and secretary of her FFA chapter and been rewarded for her dedication and hard work. Celsey once received the Spirit of the Fair Award, as well as the FFA Star Green Hand Award and Iowa Farmers Degree. She was a winner of the Overall Project Achievement Award in swine. Moody has helped the Iowa Pork Producers Association by volunteering to work at the Iowa Pork Tent and the Animal Learning Center during the Iowa State Fair. “With my livestock projects I have learned to stick through the roughest moments and to never give up, which I truly do feel will help me in college and in my future endeavors,” she said. Moody is a freshman at Iowa State University and is majoring in animal science/pre-vet medicine. Her goal is to work as a small- and large-animal veterinarian and continue to raise livestock.
Parents: Richard and Sharon Schnepf
Sterling became interested in the pork industry at an early age while growing up on her family’s hog farm. She spent time in the barn working with pigs before and after school each day and it didn’t take long for her to become the “pig girl” in the family. She is currently pursuing an animal science degree at Iowa State University and wants to work in the pork industry after graduation. “I want to be a part of an industry that provides the safest high quality, most consistent meat produced to the world today.” Schnepf said. She is an active member of the ISU Block and Bridle Swine Interest Group. Schnepf has gained additional practical swine experience by working part-time in the swine diagnostic lab at Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica and being selected for a Swine Production Immersive Knowledge Experience internship with Audubon Manning Veterinary Clinic. Sterling also has served as Iowa Pork Princess this year for IPPA.