Monticello Native Among Students Named to the Iowa Corn Collegiate Advisory Team

JOHNSTON, Iowa, December 1, 2016 – Iowa Corn proudly announces today the 23 Iowa college students who will make up the seventh Iowa Corn Collegiate Advisory Team (CAT). Comprised of Iowa students pursuing degrees in agriculture, CAT will assist the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB) in developing targeted programs to enhance the organizations’ relationships with individuals pursuing careers in agriculture production and allied industries. CAT achieves this by fostering the knowledge and skills of these future leaders and providing them the tools to advocate for Iowa Corn and other commodity organizations’ role in the success of Iowa agriculture.
“Iowa corn farmers’ future depends our ability to offer relevant programming, advocacy and services to new professionals entering Iowa’s agricultural sector, “said Iowa Corn Promotion Board Director Larry Buss, a farmer from Logan who chairs the committee overseeing the team. “We are excited to work with these 23 bright students on ways we can cultivate and promote our organization and the corn industry.”
The team includes one representative from each state college and university, and five students from Iowa State University. In addition, two additional positions on the team are for students in non-ag disciplines at any accredited Iowa college or university. The 2016/2017 participants:

Name                                   Hometown                       College Attending
Michael Barr                      Kellogg                                                 Iowa State University
Michaella Beckman          Mediapolis                         Southeastern Community College
Victoria Butt                      Iowa Falls                       Ellsworth Community College

John Dieter                        Sioux City                        Morningside Community College
Benjamin Dirks                 Monticello                        Iowa State University
Erin Dolecheck                  Kellerton                          Graceland University

Abby Glam                        Spencer                              Iowa Lake Community College
Madison Hoch                   Algona                                  Ellsworth Community College
Evann Farrens                   Lenox                                    Southwestern Community College
Anthony Furlin                 Numa                                    Indian Hills Community College
Austin Fariss                      Batavia                                 Muscatine Community College
Katey-Jayne Dennis         Mitchellville                      Des Moines Area Community College
Bryce Lidtka                       Grinnell                             Dordt College
Tessa Meyer                      Waterloo                           Hawkeye Community College

Luke Pelzer                        West Liberty                 Muscatine Community College

Joe Roberts                        Belmond                             Iowa State University
Katie Schmith                    Orange City                        Northwestern College
Sami Searle                        Joice                                      North Iowa Area Community College

Kelsi Sieren                        Keota                                    Iowa State University
Kayla Smith                        Marengo                             Iowa State University
Christopher Thurm          Readlyn                                Hawkeye Community College
Clayton Taylor                   Lohrville                             Iowa Central Community College
Ellen Westhoff                 Mount Vernon                      Kirkwood Community College



The Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB), works to develop and defend markets, fund research, and provide education about corn and corn products. The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) is an 8,000-member strong grassroots-driven organization, headquartered in Johnston, Iowa, serving members across the state, and lobbying on agricultural issues on behalf of its farmer members to create opportunities for long-term Iowa corn grower profitability. For more information, visit