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Midwest Heritage Announces Recipients of 2017 Youth Heifer Program

posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Midwest Heritage, a subsidiary of Hy-Vee, Inc., announces the recipients of their award-winning program to help youth get a start in the cattle industry.

Twenty-one individuals submitted applications. Five were selected and will each be awarded three bred heifers. The recipients are: Kenna Howard (Fremont County), Kaden Fitzgerald (Lucas County), Zach Steward (Madison County), Carson Graham (Warren County) and Jaden Enright (Wayne County).

The goal of the Midwest Heritage Youth Heifer Program is to help future young farmers gain interest and knowledge of the beef cattle industry. Winners were chosen based on merit, future goals and their ability to care for the heifers. These individuals are 7th or 8th graders from Fremont, Lucas, Wayne, Warren or Madison County, Iowa. The program will span five years. Each participant will maintain accurate records of income and expenditures during the five years and will submit these records plus a brief summary of activities annually. At the conclusion of the five years, recipients are responsible for paying back the market value of the three bred heifers.

“The first year of this program was very successful and we are pleased with the interest that the local youth continue to have in agriculture,” said Tony Kaska, Midwest Heritage CEO & President. “This is the beginning of establishing a foundation herd and gaining financial self-sufficiency for these motivated individuals who were chosen to participate in the Youth Heifer Program.”

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Midwest Heritage, a Hy-Vee company, is a full-service financial center offering a comprehensive array of products and services. Midwest Heritage is headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa, with branches in Chariton, Iowa, and five
Hy-Vee store locations in central Iowa. Midwest Heritage offers the personal service of a community bank with the convenience of a larger bank. FDIC Insured, Equal Housing Lender. Visit us at mhbank.com.