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Calf-Tel announces 2013 Facebook photo contest
GERMANTOWN, Wis. — Calf-Tel recently announced its first Facebook photo contest. The year-long social media event will highlight calf management strategies and experiences for dairy producers of all scopes and sizes. 

All followers of the Calf-Tel Facebook page are eligible to enter the photo contest. Participants can submit an entry by posting an image to the Calf-Tel Facebook page or by emailing the image to All entries should relate to Calf-Tel, dairy calves and/or calf housing systems and be high resolution quality.

The top photo submissions as selected by Calf-Tel staff will be featured in the 2014 Calf-Tel calendar. In addition to the highlighted photos, the calendar will serve as a resource to calf producers with management tips and key dates. Seasonal photo winners will also be selected based on the number of likes a photo receives and overall character of the photo. The top photo submissions will be announced on the Calf-Tel Facebook page,

For additional information on Calf-Tel or the Calf-Tel Facebook photo contest, visit the Calf-Tel Facebook page at or e-mail:

Iowa Soybean awards scholarships to HS seniors 
ANKENY, Iowa — Paying for college just became $1,500 easier for 10 Iowa high school seniors who have earned scholarships from the Iowa Soybean Assoc. (ISA). The scholarships were awarded to students planning to pursue degrees in an agriculture-related field. 
“From ag biochemistry and biology to animal science and ag business, this year’s scholarship winners are interested in a variety of ag-related studies and careers,” said Mark Jackson, ISA president. “It’s refreshing to know that agriculture is part of the future plans for these young people who will be our industry’s future leaders. Whether these students become ag teachers or genetic engineers, the ISA is so proud to continue supporting their scholastic endeavors. I, for one, look forward to watching them progress and help keep Iowa’s agriculture industry thriving.”
The following students were chosen as this year’s ISA ag scholarship winners: Jared Gradeless of Melrose, Eric Henry of Nevada, Marissa Kleve of Dundee, Logan Lafrenz of Wilton, Lexi Marek of Riverside, Bradley Pickhinke of Sac City, Hannah Riensche of Jesup, Sarah Striegel of What Cheer, Andrew Van Hulzen of Sac City, and Jayne Wiarda of Ackley.

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Kentucky Corn Growers award scholarship winners
EASTWOOD, Ky. — The Kentucky Corn Growers Assoc. (KyCGA) recently selected three recipients for KyCGA scholarships: Brent Tingle, Madison Wilferd and Eric Schwenke. 

Brent Tingle, of Shelbyville, Ky., is currently studying agronomy at Eastern Kentucky University. He is looking to graduate with honors and become a crop consultant. Tingle is a member of the Delta Tau Alpha Agriculture Honor Society and makes it home to Shelby Co. regularly to work as a farmhand, which he has done for nearly 10 years.

Madison Wilferd, of Farmington, Ky., is a senior at Graves County High School. She plans to study plant and soil science at the University of Kentucky and is looking to research ways to maximize crop yields with limited resources. 

Wilferd has excelled academically, served as president of her school FFA chapter, and named an All-American Cheerleader, among other accomplishments.

Eric Schwenke is a senior at Larry A. Ryle High School in Union, Ky. Schwenke is planning to farm full-time with his family once he completes a degree in agriculture economics and crop science from the University of Kentucky. 

Schwenke received strong recommendations from his teachers for his work ethic and outstanding attitude. He has also been a wonderful advocate for agriculture through social media.
The scholarship committee had a difficult time selecting the winners from an outstanding pool of candidates, but ultimately decided on three individuals who demonstrated a clear vision of their future roles in agriculture. 

“We are proud to support passionate agriculture students so that they may achieve their career goals,” said KyCGA president Ray Allan Mackey, a farmer from Hardin Co. 

“These students will likely be our future agricultural leaders, and KyCGA is committed to help cultivate their success.”
This is third year for the KyCGA scholarship program. Funds are generated by Board and Promotion Council leader contributions. 
The committee selects two high school students getting ready to enter college for $1,000 awards and one current college student receiving a $2,000 scholarship.