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January 21, 2013

Cow-Calf Conference highlights cattle options

Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference follows up with area farmers

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Honoring a lost CCCC member, friend

CCCC board members paid tribute to Al Seim, one of the founders of the conference, who died in August after battling Parkinson’s disease for more than 17 years.

Seim was also an ISU Extension crop production specialist for 30 years.

“He was a very meticulous and detailed person,” said conference committee member Dale Uehling. “If you ever had him on a farm visit, you know that. How he looked at a crop ... whether he was looking at it for possible herbicide damage or insects, he was very thorough — and he was seldom wrong.”

A slideshow of pictures of Seim showed him at different stages of his life: working in his field, fixing up antique tractors and posing for photos with his wife and two daughters.

Seim’s family made a contribution to the CCCC and the board hopes to place a permanent exhibit commemorating the conference’s 42 years as “the longest running continuous exhibit in the Coliseum or Bridge View Center.”

The exhibit would contain the conference’s Iowa Cattlemen’s Association brand they were awarded two years ago, a plaque honoring the conference from BVC, as well as a plaque honoring Seim from his family.

Board members said they hope when the conference returns next year, the exhibit will be in place.

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