Category: Scholarship

2020 Scholarship Saddle Tickets on Sale

Purchase your tickets online through PayPal (don’t need account, just pay with CC) or call the ICA office at 208-343-1615. Thanks for your continued support of our scholarship program!

 

Categories: Idaho Cattlewomen, Scholarship

Meet an Idaho Cattlewoman: Gwenna Prescott

Gwenna and Wade Prescott.

The Prescotts-Wade, Gus, Gwenna (with Agnes), Christie and Wyatt (holding Virgil)

As the new Cattlewoman Chair for the Idaho Cattle Association, I am humbled to serve our state cattle industry and feel we all have a very important story to share with modern day consumers who want to understand how their food is grown. Furthermore, we all share a sense of responsibility to do our part in ensuring the future of our states cattle industry. Now is my turn. I have never known a life outside of agriculture. I was born and raised on a row crop and livestock farm and married a cowboy, from which we have made a living and life ranching and feeding cattle.

In my kitchen, hangs a sign that reads, “Behind every successful rancher is a wife that works in town.” It is a sign that rings true in our life. I have always worked in banking and the success of this job in town to our operation has not been as much about the off-ranch income, as it has been about the off-ranch skills. While I have never personally thought of my role in the operation as critical, it is and the role of women in agriculture is and always has been. My career in banking also enabled me to keep tight books and understand balance sheets, budgets, and capital access that enabled us to start and restart on occasion in this industry and bring along children with cattle as well.

Above and beyond, like many others, I’ve spent a lifetime shifting gears from my bank clothes after work to driving silage truck or sorting calves, then getting dinner on the table. Oh, then making sure the boys had lunch for the next day or else they won’t eat, to balancing the checkbook after bedtime, to waking up the next morning before daylight to help load a truck all before going to my job in town. I am not alone. Many of us do this day in and day out just to keep living this lifestyle in a business whose real purpose is to put food on the table for the world.

At times, in the day-to-day challenges, it’s easy to lose perspective of what we are really creating. I don’t know how my husband and son can work twelve hours straight and only say twelve words to each other, yet know exactly what the other is thinking or asking. I don’t know how the words “in” and “bye” can sound so similar, or how I am ever supposed to know exactly which black cow to get out when I am told to get the black cow over there. I don’t know why every time we work cattle it always takes twice as long as they say it will, yet they never adjust how long they say it will take or why cattle are always out on holidays and birthdays, but it just seems to happen this way. I’ve said on many occasions that maybe we ought to sell the whole damn thing.

There was a time where I encouraged my boys to pursue careers outside of agriculture. Those have always been fleeting moments, not only because I have some strange addiction to having cattle around or that I believe that producing beef for people far and wide is truly a noble and rewarding occupation. For me, this business and lifestyle also has another self-serving amenity. There is no better way to raise a family.

It is family that makes serving as Cattlewomen Chair truly rewarding. It is families like the Kerners, who epitomize this family fabric that means so much to me in this cattle world. The Cattlewomen are honored to partner with them this year for the Julie Rae Kerner Memorial Scholarship. The scholarships that the Cattlewomen are able to help provide are important to me. Having raised two boys with cattle and knowing my grandbabies will be raised the same way leaves me with sense of peace that not much else could. In one way or another cattle paid for my kids’ education, and it’s important the Cattlewomen and ICA help another family and young producer in this way. Thanks to our annual saddle raffle and partners we were able to give four $1,000 scholarships’ last year. Invest in our cattle kids, and support the Cattlewomen.

Categories: Idaho Cattlewomen, Ranch Life, Scholarship

2020 Scholarship Applications

ICWC raises money each year with a saddle raffle with proceeds supporting the scholarship program. Students with parents, grandparents or legal guardians as ICA members and who are pursuing degrees in agriculture are encouraged to apply. Applications are due each year by March 31. ICWC also manages the scholarship program for Western Stockmen’s/Simplot.

2020 ICW Scholarship Application
2020 Simplot Scholarship Application

Categories: Idaho Cattlewomen, Scholarship

Scholarship Saddle Raffle Tickets on Sale Now!

The 2019 Saddle Raffle tickets are available online at our Beef Store

The Idaho CattleWomen Council raises money each year with a saddle raffle with proceeds supporting the scholarship program. Students with parents, grandparents or legal guardians as ICA members and who are pursuing degrees in agriculture are encouraged to apply. Applications are due each year by March 31. ICWC also manages the scholarship program for Western Stockmen’s/Simplot. Congrats to our 2019 Scholarship Winners!

 

Categories: Idaho Cattlewomen, Scholarship

Congrats to the 2019 Scholarship Winners!

Julie Rae Kerner Scholarship Winner

Categories: Idaho Cattlewomen, Ranch kids, Scholarship