Fifteen Community College Students Receive $1,000 Each from Ag Industry Sponsors

Des Moines, IA – On Wednesday, February 15, 2017 the Agribusiness Association of Iowa (AAI) Foundation presented fifteen community colleges students each with a $1,000 scholarship. The AAI Foundation annually holds an Agribusiness Career Day (ABC Day) for fifteen community colleges around the state. One $1,000 scholarship is presented to each represented school. In its third year, the 2017 ABC Day was well attended with over 250 college students, instructors/advisors, and FFA seniors.

The college students were able to obtain important industry knowledge from professionals that work every day in the agriculture and agribusiness field.  The morning was opened by Jason Johnson with Farm Credit Services of America. Johnson welcomed the students and lead the way for DMACC President Rob Denson to address the students and give them a preview of their speaker line up for the day. Denson was followed by Raelene Maas, HR Manager at Growmark FS. Her presentation to the students was designed to help students with internships and being prepared for that next step in a career. Other speakers included; Joel Brinkmeyer, AAIF CEO and Carol Balvanz a Policy Director at Iowa Soybean Association. Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds made a guest appearance to speak to the students on the importance of STEM – “we say ag is STEM” Lt. Gov. Reynolds says.

Pictured left: Carol Balvanz, Iowa Soybean Policy Director, speaks to a room of over 250 agriculture students about the importance of having connections. 













Scholarship awards and recognition of sponsors were presented after lunch to the following students and colleges by the listed sponsoring company:

Will Mellencamp – Clarinda

Des Moines Area Community College

Sponsored by Iowa Biotechnology Association

Eric Stoakes – Iowa Falls

Ellsworth/Iowa Valley Community College

Sponsored by the AAI Foundation

Clayton Voegler – Waterloo

Hawkeye Community College

Sponsored by INTL FC Stone

 Chase Altenhofen – Iowa Falls

Indian Hills Community College

Sponsored by – Jose & Shelley Laracunte, AgVision Agribusiness Software

Reilly Niles – Paton

Iowa Central Community College

Sponsored by – Iowa Biotechnology Association

Nathan Benson – Spenser

Iowa Lakes Community College

Sponsored by AAI Foundaiton

Clayton Long – Sidney

Iowa Western Community College

Sponsored by AAI Foundation

Kendra Vavroch – Gladbrook

Kirkwood Community College

Sponsored by Dave & Mary Junge, Junge Control Inc.

Alia Lawrence – Columbus Junction 

Muscatine Community College

Sponsored by Eldon C. Stutsman, Inc.

Nick Shinestine – Tripoli

North Iowa Area Community College

Sponsored by Growmark FS

Jodie Mumm – Bloominton, WI

Northeast Iowa Community College

Sponsored by AAI Foundation

Ali Foth – Sheldon

Northwest Community College

Sponsored by the Farm Credit Services of America

Chelsie Appel – Burlington 

Southeastern Community College

Sponsored River Valley Coop

Tanner Loghry – Woodbur

Southwestern Community College

Sponsored by the AAI Foundation

Bradley Steinhoff

Western Iowa Tech

Sponsored by the Heartland Coop

The AAI Foundation is pleased to help provide assistance and guidance to the Iowa agriculture youth. The AAI Foundation incorporated this assistance and growth opportunity to Iowa community college students for the first time in 2013. This event is held during the Agribusiness Showcase & Conference at the Iowa State Fairground at the Varied Industries building. The Agribusiness Showcase & Conference hosts over 120 exhibiting companies and industry professionals. By introducing students to this environment it enables them to network with industry professionals and companies for future benefit. Since the first inception, interest and participation from Iowa’s agribusiness has increased.

About the Agribusiness Association of Iowa Foundation – The AAI Foundation promotes research projects, member education, stewardship and scholarships that benefit AAI members and their families. The charitable goals of the Foundation reflect the interests of the agribusiness industry and benefit AAI members by promoting research projects, member education, stewardship and higher education scholarships. Within these three areas, the Foundation assists applicants as it is related to the benefit of the agribusiness industry.

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