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Iowans: Help choose Iowa's Best Burger


Whether it's gourmet or down-home, the hamburger is a staple of most Iowa restaurants. In this year's quest to find the best burger made in the state, the Iowa Cattlemen's Association and the Iowa Beef Industry Council are encouraging you to nominate the burger that you think is Iowa's Best Burger.

This is the fourth year the two groups are holding the annual contest, which officially kicks off Feb. 15. All nominations must be in the IBIC office by 5 p.m. on Mar. 18.

"We're looking for the best burger served in an Iowa restaurant," says Scott Niess, an Osage cattle farmer who is chairman of the Iowa Beef Industry Council. Niess says the entries need to be 100 percent beef burgers. "Although burgers are often standard fare, we know from experience that the winners of this contest are well-above standard, and serve outstanding burgers. Finding these great burgers depends on Iowans choosing their favorites, and nominating them," he says.

Details about the contest rules and nomination procedures are on the Iowa Beef Industry Council's website, www.iabeef.org. A nominations form can also be found at the Iowa Beef Industry Council's Facebook page, or you can text BEEF to 313131 and receive information about submitting a nomination.

Niess noted that restaurants are a valuable partner to the beef industry. "They do a tremendous job of preparing and serving our beef products in delicious and creative ways. The burger is the all-American classic, and restaurants have done an excellent job in giving customers lots of choices when they order it."

The more nominations a burger receives, the better are the chances that it will be on the "Top Ten" list announced in late March. Finalists will receive a certificate and be eligible for the secret taste-test of contest judges. The winner will be announced the first week of May to kick-off Beef Month.

Last year, 4,250 nominations for 212 restaurants were received in the contest. The final winners in previous years are:

--Coon Bowl III, Coon Rapids (2012);

--Rusty Duck, Dexter (2011); and

--Sac County Cattle Company, Sac City (2010).

The Iowa Cattlemen's Association represents 9,600 beef-producing families and associated companies dedicated to the future of Iowa's beef industry. ICA's mission is "Grow Iowa's beef business through advocacy, leadership and education."

The Iowa Beef Industry Council is funded by the $1-per-head beef checkoff. Checkoff dollars are invested in beef promotion, consumer information, research, industry information and foreign market development, all with the purpose of strengthening beef demand.

Date: 2/25/2013

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