Posted on August 23, 2021 at 10:38 AM by Emily Saveraid
Denny & Janet Cason planted roots in rural Monroe County in 1976 where they began Cason’s Pride and Joy Simmentals. They have raised purebred Simmental cattle for over 40 years. The Cason’s have been lifelong supporters of Monroe County 4-H. They have 2 sons, Colton and Landon, who were also active members in 4-H.
Janet was not a 4-H member growing up. When Denny and Janet got married, she started to become more and more involved in the 4-H program. Janet’s passion was leading the Monroe County Youth Council. She enjoyed taking the kids on trips and completing projects that helped the community. Janet was the recipient of the Monroe County 4-H Honorary Award in 2003. She has a lasting impact on those lives she has touched.
Denny, who grew up on a dairy farm in Wapello County and began 4-H at a young age. He has helped many 4-H kids grow their love for the beef industry. Denny has served as beef superintendent for 21 years. He was inducted into the Monroe County Farm Bureau Ag Hall of Fame. He has been a recipient of the Monroe County Outstanding Cattlemen Award and the Christensen Elite Award given by the Iowa Simmental Association. Most recently, Denny was inducted into the Iowa Beef Expo Hall of Fame. Currently, he is on the Iowa Simmental Association Board and the Monroe County Cattleman’s Board.
Over the years, the Cason’s have spent countless hours helping at the Monroe County fair. Denny and Janet were both 4-H leaders for the Troy Troopers 4-H Club for 15+ years. They have encouraged many families to show cattle and improve their herd. Today, the Cason’s have two annual Simmental production sales. It took many years of hard work and dedication to grow their herd to where it is today. In 2019, a culmination of their efforts paid off greatly when they were honored as the Seedstock Producer of the Year. Today, the Cason’s greatest pride and joy are their grandkids Tucker and Neleigh - the next generation of 4-Hers to come.