Contest gives agricultural artists a chance at cash prizes

Posted April 24, 2013 at 11:14 am


• State Rep. Lee Hein’s weekly report contained information about the second annual “Celebration of Iowa: Agricultural Art Award.”

Artists of all ages are invited to participate. This year’s theme is “Cultivating Change.” Artwork will be judged on innovation of concept, execution of contest theme, and the aesthetic and technical quality of the work.

Grand prizes are $1,000 for the Youth Division and $1,500 for the Adult Division. There are also monetary awards for second, third and honorary selections.

The event is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation.

More information is available at or

• A bull selection clinic will be held Friday, May 3 at 4 p.m. at the Tama Livestock Auction in Tama, according to a press release from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

The event will precede the bull sale being held by the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association the same day and site.

Denise Schwab said the Iowa Beef Center staff will break down the process of bull selection into simple steps.

“We can help you evaluate your cow herd and determine the economically relevant traits that you want to emphasize,” Schwab said.

To learn more about the ICA’s Bull and Heifer Program, including a listing of bulls that will be offered at the May 3 sale, visit

For more information on the bull clinics, contact your Iowa State beef specialist at

• Initial and recertification training sessions that are part of the National Pork Board’s Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus 2.0 program will be offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beginning in late May.

The initial certification process requires attending a daylong training session and passing an exam. Those who are currently certified have until Aug. 31 to renew that certification, according to an Extension press release.

Most of the sessions are in Ames or the surrounding area. For a schedule list and links to registration forms, visit

• Amy Tlach of Indianola has joined the Iowa Soybean Association’s producer services team, serving as the member outreach coordinator for District 5 in central Iowa and District 9 in southeast Iowa, the ISA reported.

Tlach and her husband, Barry, have a small cow herd on their family fam near Indianola, and are active in showing livestock.