Youth Beef Team

Involving younger generations is crucial to keep the industry alive and flourishing. The Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation (ICF) fosters involvement of youth through the Youth Beef Team. This program trains and educates young beef industry advocates to positively promote Iowa’s Beef industry.

A training session equips youth with the knowledge and skills to conduct beef promotional activities in their own and surrounding communities. Activities include presentations, letters to the editor, farm tours, brochure and recipe distributions, beef grilling events and more.

Involvement in the Youth Beef Team was beneficial to me. I felt I was helping to promote my family’s livelihood and I gained speaking skills, rewards and friends across the state.

- Charise Carstensen, Odebolt

Time to report Youth Beef Team activities for 2019

The 2019 award year runs from Aug. 1, 2018 to July 31, 2019. Submit reports to, or mail to ICF, 2055 Ironwood Ct., Ames, IA 50014.

Members receive points for coordinating or presenting at educational and promotional events about beef and cattle production, and then submitting a timely report about the activity. YBT members must complete and report at least five activities during the year to qualify for the year-end awards.

The award levels are Diamond - 100 or more points; Platinum - 75-99 points; Gold - 60-74 points; Silver - 40-59 points; Bronze - 25-39 points; and Commitment - completing 5 activities. On Jan. 1 of each year, YBT members wipe the slate clean and begin anew on counting the activities and audiences who are reached by those activities.