Youth Heifer Program

Thank you for your interest in the award-winning Midwest Heritage Youth Heifer Program. The purpose of this program is to help youth get a start in the beef cattle business by awarding bred heifers to program recipients chosen based on merit, future goals and ability to care for the heifers.

Midwest Heritage will grant up to five students in 7th or 8th grade three bred heifers each. The program will span five years and during this time, recipients are responsible for management of the herd to include daily care, record-keeping and breeding. At the conclusion of the five years, recipients are responsible for paying back the current market value of three bred heifers.

Students from Adair, Lucas, Madison, Wayne, and Warren counties are invited to apply. This is an excellent opportunity for youth to increase their knowledge and interest in agriculture.

Program Guidelines /Eligibility

Must be a 7th or 8th grade student from Adair, Lucas, Madison, Wayne, and Warren County, Iowa.

The recipient must maintain accurate records of income and expenditures during the five years; the recipient will be asked to submit these records plus a brief summary of activities annually.

At the end of five years, the recipient is to pay back the Midwest Heritage Youth Heifer Program the current market value of three bred heifers.

Recipient must be willing to promote the Midwest Heritage Youth Heifer Program.

Deadline for applications is November 1, 2019.

Winners will be notified by November 6, 2019.

Awards banquet and dinner will be held on November 20, 2019.

To submit your application, you may choose to:

  • Fill out the application through Adobe's fillable PDF feature. This will allow you to type your information directly in the application. Once completed, select File > Save As to save your responses. Email the completed application along with 3 letters of recommendation to
  • Print the application and complete a paper copy. To submit your paper copy (along with 3 letters of recommendation), you may scan the application and send it via email, drop it off at the Chariton branch, or mail it to:
    Midwest Heritage
    Attn: Allison Miller
    1025 Braden Ave.
    Chariton, IA 50049

Click Here to Download the PDF Application

For further details about the Midwest Heritage Youth Heifer Program or questions about your application please contact:

Wayne Martens

Cory Hansen

Allison Miller

Tracy Taylor

Midwest Heritage was recognized by the Iowa Bankers Association (IBA) for their contributions to their local communities. The IBA’s 2016 Community Betterment First Place Gold Award was presented to Midwest Heritage for their community-based Youth Heifer Program.