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Buena Vista County 4-H’er Earns Beef Project Award

Austin Ehlers


AMES, Iowa – Austin Ehlers of Buena Vista County received a state 4-H beef project award that includes a $100 savings bond from the Mary Jo and Glen Mente Endowment and the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Ehlers, 16, is the son of Brent and Carol Ehlers of Storm Lake.


During his seven years in 4-H, Ehlers has marketed 3,500 pounds of beef annually through a local locker, taught showing skills to junior 4-H’ers, received a beef leadership award on the county level and distributed meat thermometers to 45 families who attended his safe grilling practices session. He also has earned third place honors in the Iowa 4-H livestock judging contest and competed at the national level.


“I credit my accomplishments to having great 4-H mentors, learning from my losses and being open to take on new challenges,” he said.


Ehlers also has been involved in the leadership, communications, food and nutrition and citizenship project areas where he has received a state project award. A county 4-H council member, he has served on the National 4-H Technology GPS/GIS Leadership Team, as a host for the 4-H Exchange program, as the northwest 4-H technology team treasurer and as his club’s president.


Ehlers is currently a junior at Sioux Central High School.


For more information about 4-H, contact the Buena Vista County office of Iowa State University (ISU) Extension. 4-H in Iowa is administered through the ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development program and headquartered on the ISU campus in Ames.



Contacts :

Brenda Allen, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development, (515) 294-1567, bsallen@iastate.edu

Hannah McCulloh, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-9915, hmac@iastate.edu

Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu


Photo of Austin Ehlers