Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation Awards Four Scholarships


Again this year, we had an exceptional group of Youth Beef Team applicants for this scholarship.  It was hard work for our judges to make their final decisions.  The Foundation is proud to be recognizing four young women that will be receiving a $1000 scholarship from Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation.  Congratulations to Zoe Duncan from Garwin, Kayle Eivins from Winterset, Leah Mosher from Liscomb and Emily Pansegrau from Gilman  All four girls will receive an additional $500 for completing the Masters of Beef Advocacy training.  The MBA is on online program that provides additional training on communication and beef production.  These scholarships are available to students who were active participants on our Youth Beef Team program.  These four were selected because of their knowledge of beef and the cattle industry as well as their communication skills. 

Our scholarship judging took place at the Iowa Beef Industry Headquarters in Ames, on April 13th.  Each of the applicants had to supply a written application before the judging, and then were required to give an interview and then a presentation on a current hot topic in the beef industry.  We had an excellent group of applicants this year.  They are all great representatives of the beef industry, and it is exciting and encouraging to see this caliber of young cattlemen and women going out and promoting our industry.

Zoe Duncan

Zoe is the daughter of Chad and Andrea Duncan and they reside in Garwin.  Zoe is a student at GMG Community School.  She has been very active in FFA, National Honor Society, student council, cross country and basketball.  She is also very active by volunteering to help with many community activities including the homeless shelter, a blood drive, a science teacher’s classroom, her school’s concession stand, the veteran’s home and Toy for Tots.  Zoe plans to attend Iowa State University and major in Animal Science and then continue at Iowa State in their Veterinary Medicine program. Her goal is to be offered a partnership in a Vet office that offers services to large animals.  She feels that by helping producers raise a safe and nutritious product will be a very rewarding career.  Zoe’s presentation was titled Stanly the Steer and she talked about all the products that come from one animal.

Kayle Eivins

Kayle is the daughter of David and Rachel and they reside in Winterset.  Kayle attends Winterset High School and has been very involved in FFA, dance team, skeet and sport shooting, student council, and was 2018 Madison County Beef Queen.  She has also been a very active member of the Madison County Youth Beef Team.  She has helped plan and implement various activities with her beef team that have provided many learning experiences for people in her community.  Kayle’s plans for the future are to attend Iowa State University and major in Animal Science with a focus on beef genetics and reproduction.  She eventually wants to return home and work for one of the organizations here at the Iowa Cattlemen’s Headquarters.  Kayle’s presentation highlighted that the key ingredient to the Beef Future is youth programs.

Leah Mosher

Leah is the daughter of Brenda and Jim Mosher of Liscomb.  Leah is a student at BCLUW high school and has been very active in Youth Beef Team, FFA and 4-H.  She has also been active in National Honor Society, drama, speech choir, student council and band.   Leah is a current member of the Mid Iowa Youth Beef Team and has spent many hours planning and promoting beef activities with her team.  She is planning on attending Iowa State University and major in Agriculture and Society.  Leah’s dream job is to be Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture.  She has been very interested in politics since the 2016 elections and want to become an honest politician who will ensure that the farmer’s voice is not forgotten in Washington D.C.   She hopes to one day return to her family’s operation and continue to build her herd.  Leah’s presentation focused on Life on the Farm and all the misconceptions about it.

Emily Pansegrau

Emily is the daughter of Tim and Christa from Gilman.    Emily is a student at East Marshall High School.  She has been very active in FFA, 4-H, Student Council, National Honor Society, student council and the Mid Iowa Youth Beef Team.  She has helped plan and perform many activities to promote the beef industry and agricultural through the beef team.  She is currently serving as the Marshall County Beef Princess.  Emily’s future plans are to attend Iowa State University and major in Agriculture and Food Science with a minor in Ag Business.  She is planning to return home to her family’s operation to help run the financial side of the business and also work for a feed company or a food science company.  Emily’s presentation was titled Transparency and Perceptions.

With these new awards, the Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation has provided over $91,000 in scholarship support to Iowa youth since 1994.  Show your support for the industry and its future by making a tax-deductible donation to the Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation to ensure the continuation of our youth programs.

Get Involved in Youth Beef Team

Youth Beef Team is open to any youth, ages 12 – 18, who are interested in promoting the beef industry.  Our goal is to equip these young cattlemen and women with the information they need to speak out positively for the beef industry.  To help them be successful, the Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation provides training, resources and materials that they can use in their advocacy of beef.  Members earn points for activities completed and at the end the year, points are redeemed for prizes and top point earners will be recognized at our awards breakfast at the Iowa State Fair.  If you are interested in being an advocate and promote your industry, please call or email Mary at #641-425-1533 or, or contact Iowa Cattlemen’s Association at 515-296-2266 to set up a training.


About the Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation: The mission of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Foundation is to enhance the public perception of the Iowa cattle industry and to assist in providing educational and economic opportunities for Iowans in the cattle business. The ICF is a non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status, defined as exempt by the IRS for payment of federal income taxes as a group organized for charitable, religious, scientific, literary or educational purposes.