Barker is elected as delegate

Posted September 12, 2012 at 10:44 am

Cheryl Barker of Monticello has been elected as a delegate to the 129th annual American Angus Association Convention of Delegates, to be held Nov. 12 in Louisville, Ky.

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Outstanding in Their Field

This report came from Bryce Schumann, CEO of the association.

Barker is one of 330 Angus breeders who have been elected by fellow members to represent their respective states at the annual meeting. Delegates will participate in the business meeting, and elect new officers and five directors to the American Angus Board.

The association has nearly 30,000 active members and is the largest beef breed organization in the world, according to the release.

• The preliminary August 2012 corn price received in Iowa was $7.60 per bushel, according to the latest Prices Report from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This is a 76-cent increase from August 2011. Soybean prices increased to $16, or $2.50 more than in August 2011.

• Delaware County was one of four added to Iowa 4-H History by County, a blog detailing the history of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development, the organization announced in a press release.

According to the online history, the first 4-H clubs in Delaware County were organized in 1919, with 90 boys enrolled and 21 completing projects that year.

The Jones County 4-H history has not yet been posted on the blog.

The history blog is a partnership of the Iowa 4-H program and the Iowa 4-H Foundation.

Over the next two years, 4-H staff and volunteers will review additional county 4-H histories, with two to four being published on the blog each month.

The blog can be found at

• Mark Jackson of Rose Hill, Iowa, was elected president of the Iowa Soybean Association during the organization’s annual elections Sept. 6. Brian Kemp of Sibley was elected as president-elect.

“Along with our talented staff of professionals, we will continue efforts to improve the soybean farmers’ long-term profitability,” Jackson said. “Research, policy regarding regulations, the environment and market development are key focus areas.”

Benjamin Schmidt of Iowa City was reelected as a director in District 6, which includes Jones County. Ed Ulch of Solon continues to serve as the other District 6 director.