March 23, 2020 - COVID-19 is currently circulating in Iowa communities. All Iowa businesses have a responsibility to take measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is critical that livestock auction markets institute immediate changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among their staff, sellers, and buyers.
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) strongly recommend that all livestock markets adhere to the following guidance. Critically evaluate each auction to determine whether it needs to be held. If an auction can be postponed, please do so.
On January 25, 2020, the Iowa Auctioneers Association (IAA) inducted Chris Richard, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa into the Iowa Auctioneers Hall of Fame.
Richard started in the auction business as a runner for his parents’ auction service, making ten cents for each clerking sheet he carried. In 1987, age of 11, he attended the World Wide College of Auctioneering. After graduating, his hard work continued, as he made sure the growing number of bidders stayed on track by holding the Selling Now sign. It didn’t take long before this new auctioneer moved up in responsibilities—and made the title of ringman.