DES MOINES, IOWA — Danielle James of Minburn, Iowa was awarded the $5,000 Branstad - Reynolds Agriculture Scholarship by the Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement (IFAA) during the Iowa State Fair Sale of Champions on Saturday, August 19, 2017. Danielle is the daughter of Mark and Tammy James.


“IFAA established the Winner’s Circle Scholarship Program in 1990 to provide incentives for college-bound youth seeking post-secondary education in an area of agriculture,” said Harold Hodson of Ankeny who chairs the IFAA Scholarship Committee. Over $192,500 were awarded in scholarships to 114 youth this year by the IFAA.


IFAA is a non-profit organization founded in 1988. It is comprised of agricultural enthusiasts dedicated to encouraging 4-H and FFA livestock, poultry, and agriculture project members to pursue Ag-related careers. IFAA founders recognized that Iowa’s young people are the future of agriculture in Iowa and that an important way to support and retain Iowa’s future Ag-leaders is to provide financial support to those young people interested in Ag-careers.


IFAA’s primary programs are the Sale of Champions, which is done in conjunction with the annual Iowa State Fair Winner’s Circle Scholarship and Awards program. Over $8,289,675 has been generated since 1988 for 1,998 Winner’s Circle Scholarships, 1,378 Performance and Carcass Awards, and 408 Sale of Champion livestock exhibitors.


For more information about IFAA and its role in supporting the Iowa State Fair Sale of Champions and the Winner’s Circle Scholarship program, contact Harold Hodson at 515-290-8875.


For additional information visit iowastatefair.org/participate/competition/sale-of-champions