KILJ was pleased to be part of the opening ceremonies Wednesday night at the Lee County Fair in order to make a special presentation. Each year Brownfield Ag News, of which KILJ is a long time affiliate, sponsors the Iowa Ag Youth awards. Brownfield and KILJ partner to support local youth by choosing two recipients and making this presentation. The awards are presented to a young lady and a young man for outstanding achievement in agriculture. On behalf of KILJ and the Brownfield Network News Director Theresa Rose presented a belt buckle award and a Wal Mart Gift card for their 4H clubs to each recipient.
The first award goes to Cassie Krebill.
Cassie will be a senior at Central Lee this fall where she is a member of the Future Farmers of America. Her future plans include attending Iowa State University. She thinks she might like to study veterinary science. Cassie’s family has a small farm west of Donnellson where she stays busy milking cows, taking care of the calves and helping with the chickens. Cassie is a member of the Harrison Huskys 4H club. She brings dairy projects to the fair and has also shown rabbits. Her parents are Craig and Susan Krebill.
Our second recipient is Justin Menke. Justin is a member of the Busy Workers 4H Club. He is an officer on the County 4H Council. And this means he is also involved with organizing the BarnYard Olympics held each year here at the fair. Justin has focused on hogs for his 4H projects but recently was encouraged by a friend to expand into cattle. This spring Justin graduated from Holy Trinity Catholic School. This fall he will be a freshman at Iowa State University majoring in agriculture. Justin is the son of Laura and Darrel Menke of rural Houghton.