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    State Fair Farm Family

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      2019 — The Hess Family

      Hess family and dignitaries.

      Nodaway County Farm Family: The Hess Family, in foreground, left to right, Matt, Grayson, Jerrica, Triston and Belinda.
      Dignitaries, back row, left to right, Marshall Stewart, Vice Chancellor for MU Extension and Engagement and Chief Engagement Officer, UM System; Blake Hurst, President, Missouri Farm Bureau; Nikki Cunningham, Missouri State Fair Commissioner; Christopher Daubert, Vice Chancellor and Dean, MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; Christine Chinn, Director, Missouri Department of Agriculture; Ted E. Sheppard, Missouri State Fair Commissioner; and (seated) Lowell Mohler, Missouri State Fair Commissioner.

      Matt and Belinda Hess and family of Maryville were among the families honored during the 61st annual Farm Family Day, Aug. 12, 2019, at the Missouri State Fair.

      The Hess family was selected as the Nodaway County Farm Family by University of Missouri Extension in Nodaway County and the local Farm Bureau. The family includes Jerrica, Grayson, and Triston.

      Each year, the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the state that are active in their communities, involved in agriculture, and/or participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H or FFA.

      The Hess family operates a cattle, hay, and row crop farming operation. The Hess Family motto is “Family Farming for the Future!” They live by this on their farm and in their community. Matt and Belinda both graduated from Northwest Missouri State University and were married in 2004. Farming runs deep in their roots going back to the 1920s when Matt’s granddad started farming. Belinda showed cattle through 4-H and FFA. They both take pride in continuing the tradition with their children. Jerrica, Grayson, and Triston have been involved in the operation since the day they were born. Everyone plays an important role in the day to day operation, from planting, harvesting, haying, calving and even gardening, cleaning, or crop tours. The family takes great pride in sharing with their friends and family. They have been able to help share their experiences in their community with their local 4-H group and have even offered job shadow opportunities to local schools.

      The annual event is sponsored by five partner agencies: the Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri State Fair Commissioners, the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and MU Extension and Engagement.

      The annual event is sponsored by five partner agencies: the Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri State Fair Commissioners, the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and MU Extension and Engagement.

      This year, all 114 Missouri counties plus the City of St. Louis participated, honoring nearly 500 people from the 115 farm families.

      The event showcases the impact Missouri Farm Families have on the economy and heritage of the state, said Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe. “These families are involved in agriculture activities in their communities and are active participants in local outreach and extension. As the premier showcase for Missouri agriculture, the Missouri State Fair is most certainly the appropriate place to celebrate these families.”

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      Recent years’ State Fair Farm Families

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        2018 — The Blackford Family

        Blackford family and dignitaries.

        Nodaway County Farm Family: The Blackford Family, in foreground, left to right, Allison Blackford, Ryker Blackford, Maddox Blackford, Dawson Blackford, and Cody Blackford.
        Dignitaries, back row, left to right, Marshall Stewart, Vice Chancellor for MU Extension and Engagement and Chief Engagement Officer, UM System; Blake Hurst, President of Missouri Farm Bureau; State Fair Queen 2018 Samantha Nelson; State Fair Commissioners, Nikki Whitehead and Ted Sheppard; Christine Chin, Director of Missouri Department of Agriculture; and Christopher Daubert, Dean of MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

        Cody and Allison Blackford and family of Maryville were among the families honored during the 60th annual Missouri Farm Family Day, Aug. 13, 2018, at the Missouri State Fair.

        The Blackford family was selected as the Nodaway County Missouri Farm Family by University of Missouri Extension in Nodaway County and the Nodaway County Farm Bureau. The family includes Ryker, Maddox, and Dawson.

        Each year, the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the state that are active in their communities, involved in agriculture, and/or participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H or FFA.

        The Blackford family operates Legacy Lane Farms, a 50 head cow/calf operation. Along with their farm operation and chasing three boys, Cody works as a seed salesman for Beck’s Hybrids and Allison works at Gardner Family Dentistry. Ryker is a first grader, Maddox is in preschool, both at St. Gregory’s, and Dawson is two years old. The Blackford family is active in the First Christian Church. They are active members of the Nodaway County Cattleman’s Association. Cody served as the president in 2016 and 2017. They are new members of Missouri Farm Bureau. Cody and Allison both grew up being members of 4-H and FFA. Showing livestock has continued being part of their lives, as they exhibited their Simmental cattle at the Missouri State Fair this year.

        The annual event is sponsored by five partner agencies: the Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri State Fair Commissioners, the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and MU Extension and Engagement.

        This year, all 114 Missouri counties plus the City of St. Louis participated, honoring nearly 490 people from 115 farm families.

        The event showcases the impact Missouri Farm Families have on the economy and heritage of the state, said Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe. “These families are involved in agriculture activities in their communities and are active participants in local outreach and extension. As the premier showcase for Missouri agriculture, the Missouri State Fair is most certainly the appropriate place to celebrate these families.”

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        2017 — The Hoepker Family

        Hoepker family and dignitaries.

        Nodaway County Farm Family: The Hoepker Family, in foreground, left to right, Frank, Heather, Carson and August.
        Dignitaries, back row, left to right,Mark Wolfe, Missouri State Fair Director; Sherry Jones, Missouri State Fair Commissioner; Garrett Hawkins, Deputy Director, Missouri Department of Agriculture; Barbara Hayden, Missouri State Fair Commissioner; Marshall Stewart, Vice Chancellor for MU Extension and Engagement; Lowell Mohler, Missouri State Fair Commissioner; Christopher Daubert, Vice Chancellor Dean of the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; and Blake Hurst, President of Missouri Farm Bureau.

        Frank and Heather Hoepker and family of Maryville were among the families honored during the 59th annual Missouri Farm Family Day, Aug. 14 at the Missouri State Fair.

        The Hoepker family was seleted as the Nodaway County Farm Family by the Nodaway County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau. The family includes Tyler, August and Carson.

        Each year, the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the state who are active in their communities, involved in agriculture, and/o participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H or FFA.

        The Hoepker family operates a 240-acre cattle and horse farm. The Hoepker family also works closely as partners in the Clarinda Livestock Auction. Along with farming, Frank and Heather work at Clarinda Livestock Auction. Frank manages day to day operations and Heather helps on sale days. Frank is also an auctioneer and holds consignment auctions. Frank and Heather’s three sons are also very involved in the farm and agriculture. Tyler is working as the barn manager at Clarinda Livestock Auction. August is a freshmen at Kansas State and is studying Agriculture Business. Carson just started his freshman year at North Nodaway High School and plays baseball. The family has been active in 4-H, FFA, and the Nodaway County Cattleman’s Association. Tyler, August and Carson enjoy riding horses and are active team ropers. Heather serves on the Nodaway County 4-H/FFA Livestock Show Committee as a show superintendent.

        The annual event is sponsored by five partner agencies: the Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri State Fair and Commissioners, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and University of Missouri Extension.

        One hundred twelve of Missouri’s 114 counties were represented this year, with two counties still dealing with the aftermath of the recent flooding in southern Missouri.

        The event showcases the impact Missouri Farm Families have on the economy and heritage of the state. “These families are involved in agriculture activities in their communities, and are active participants in local outreach and extension,” said Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe. “As the showcase for Missouri agriculture, the Missouri State Fair is most certainly the appropriate place to celebrate these families.”

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        Previous State Fair Farm Families

        • 2016 — John A. and Beverly Schenkel, Maryville
        • 2015 — Bob and Terri Lager, Maryville
        • 2014 — Bruce and Renee Wiederholt, Maryville
        • 2013 — Ron and Angela Hagey, Burlington Jct
        • 2012 — Randy and Judy Frueh, Pickering
        • 2011 — Rick and Terri Dawson, Maryville
        • 2010 — Steve and Sheryl Ginther, Barnard
        • 2009 — Steve and Robin Shamberger, Graham
        • 2008 — Mike and Marsha Rosenbohm, Graham
        • 2007 — Kenneth and Teri Runde, Ravenwood
        • 2006 — Cris and Tara Wilmes, Maryville
        • 2005 — Ben and Angela Farrell, Maryville
        • 2004 — Richard Groves, Skidmore
        • 2003 — Mike Kinman, Maryville
        • 2002 — Lowell Wood, Elmo
        • 2001 — Bill Koch, Ravenwood
        • 2000 — Kirby Greeley, Hopkins
        • 1999 — Kevin Rosenbohm, Graham
        • 1998 — Mark Stiens, Maryville
        • 1997 — Randy Hull, Elmo
        • 1996 — Dennis Murphy, Clearmont
        • 1995 — Charles Lager, Conception Jct.
        • 1994 — Dean Adwell, Ravenwood
        • 1993 — Howard Acklin, Barnard
        • 1992 — Allen McGinness
        • 1991 — Dave Blackford, Maryville
        • 1990 — Bill Stiens, Skidmore
        • 1989 — Bernard Riley, Ravenwood
        • 1988 — Richard Wallace, Hopkins
        • 1987 — Lloyd Nelson, Skidmore
        • 1986 — Gary Hull, Elmo
        • 1985 — Robert Stiens, Ravenwood
        • 1984 — Carlos Wilmes, Maryville
        • 1983 — Dave Dalbey, Burlington Jct.
        • 1982 — Don Cordell, Quitman
        • 1981 — Clyde Dean Beattie, Barnard
        • 1980 — Don Clements, Pickering
        • 1979 — Bobby Hagey, Burlington Jct.
        • 1978 — Dean Blanchard, Hopkins
        • 1977 — Don Adwell, Ravenwood
        • 1976 — Charles Knorr, Pickering
        • 1975 — Jerry Fugate, Parnell
        • 1974 — Larry Rosenbohm, Graham
        • 1973 — Gary Ecker, Elmo
        • 1972 — Don Walk, Maryville
        • 1971 — James Callow, Graham
        • 1970 — Robert Greeley, Burlington Jct.
        • 1969 — Dale Miller, Maryville
        • 1968 — Norbert Schmitz, Parnell
        • 1967 — James Stiens, Maryville
        • 1966 — Ed Wiley, Wilcox
        • 1965 — Raymond Seipel, Ravenwood
        • 1964 — Paul Medsker, Guilford
        • 1962 — Lowell Hull
        • 1961 — Wilbur Frankum, Maryville
        • 1960 — Ben Willhoyte, Maryville
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    Ag Hall of Fame

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      2018 — JR Schmidt

      JR Schmidt and family.

      JR Schmidt has been known throughout his life for his passion for Angus cattle and his support of Agriculture in Nodaway County. He graduated from Maryville High School in 1949, when he purchased his first registered Angus cow, which was the beginning of his cow herd. He attended four quarters of college until he was drafted into US Army, through the Korean War. In 1956, he married Shirley Joyner and they purchased their first farm in 1960, southwest of Maryville. Through the years, he has owned and operated a purebred Angus cow-calf operation, while providing Angus seed stock bulls to fellow cattlemen. In addition, he produced soybeans, corn and hay, while working as a Fontanelle Seed Dealer

      JR gave generously of himself through public service:

      • He served as a past board member for the Missouri Farm Bureau in Nodaway County
      • As a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles
      • A past Deacon of the First Christian Church in Maryville
      • A past Executive Board Member of United Producers
      • A past Trustee of Polk Township Board
      • Member of the American Angus Association
      • Served on the MFA Livestock Association Board

      Building and maintaining a strong family business, he and his wife of 62 years have raised three children, Debbie, Steve and Dave. They enjoy their seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. They were awarded the Nodaway County Farm Family in 1988, and he has remained active in the cattle industry even beyond retirement. He has continued to serve on the United Producers Executive Board until 2009. Today, he has over 1,100 acres, in addition to cattle, which he rents and leases to his son.

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      Previous years’ Ag Hall of Fame inductees

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        2017 — Richard and Lois Brand

        Richard and Lois Brand.

        Richard was born during the Great Depression on his parents’ farm west of Hopkins, and as a boy plowed corn with a mule. While in high school, he became a charter member of the Hopkins Future Farmers of America. He was drafted into the United States Army after high school and served as a supply sergeant in Korea. Lois grew up on the Earl and Cuma Alexander farm south of Hopkins. Selling cream and eggs in town on Saturday night is now a fond memory.

        Richard and Lois began their agricultural life journey together in 1956, renting and eventually purchasing and moving to the Russ Allen farm east of Hopkins. They worked side-by-side, cleaning up the farm, putting up hay, farrowing sows, calving beef cows and milking 18 dairy cows by hand, with two small children in tow. The little farm house they made their home had no running water, let alone tight windows and doors.

        As their family grew, so did their farm. Agriculture community work was also a priority. Lois served as a 4-H club leader and instructor for clothing, foods and child development, and Richard sponsored a swine production unit. Many nights were spent working at men’s church suppers, community club dinners, Hopkins Picnic food stands, BINGO tents, and singing in a quartet for community and church events. It was important to them to raise their four children in church, even as the demands of farming were always present.

        In 1968 the couple purchased the McCleave farm, located on a high hill south of Hopkins, and Richard and Lois began painstakingly building the farmstead into the showplace it is today. Good stewardship of the land has always been a priority and the hard work cleaning up and improving the farmsteads was foremost. Over ten miles of terraces built; field tile placed, roads raised, barns straightened, miles and miles of fence rows cleared and rebuilt, grain storage added, ponds constructed, and pastures improved with some land also enrolled into the Conservation Reserve Program. For many years, soybeans were stored, cleaned and bagged to sell as seed the following spring. Careful management, breeding and selection has always been integral to their operation, marketing the corn crop on the hoof to hedge against low commodity prices. Richard was an early adopter of efficient confinement operation, with one of the largest farrow-to-finish swine operations in the area. The cattle operation also consisted of an efficient feedlot operation with upright silos, a concrete feeding system and nutrition-tested feeding program. These silos have become a local landmark, and travelers south of Hopkins still enjoy the Christmas Star atop the tallest silo.

        Membership in Farm Bureau and Pork Producers were avenues for promoting agricultural products and producers. Richard was asked by the National Pork council to represent hog farmers by testifying before a USDA panel in Washington DC regarding sulfa residue in pork. They also promoted “The Other White Meat” by volunteering several years at the Missouri State Fair Pork Chop Tent in Sedalia. For years, Lois kept the farm records through the Missouri Farm Record Keeping System.

        Richard was chairman of the county ASCS committee and president of the Hopkins School Board. He also served on the board of the local 102 Valley Bank, and as a deacon and pulpit search committee chairman at church. Lois served on the Hopkins Community Club, Christian Women’s Fellowship, PEO, and helped work to establish the Hopkins Housing Corporation, serving as an officer since its formation. They were proud hosts to foreign exchange students from Ecuador and Brazil. They were named Nodaway County Farm Family in 1981. Several summers they volunteered at Camp Quality and helped organize the Show-Me Tractor Cruise.

        Still active on the farm and their agricultural community, they continue to volunteer in various capacities: organizing the local antique tractor show, Alumni Banquet registration, Hopkins Picnic quilt show and working for the NAFB scholarship foundation. Blessed with a desire to honor agricultural history, Richard enjoys restoring antique farm machinery which have been featured on calendars, RFD TV and Farm Journal TV. They are grateful to God for the privilege of working with His creation, and celebrated 60 years of marriage April 8, 2016.

        Summary of endeavors

        • Livestock Improvement: Hogs: genetics selected for ideal conformation, sturdiness to tolerate concrete and confinement; sold bred gilts, purebred Large White boars. Cattle: Still an active cattleman, they maintain a 100-cow Angus cross herd
        • Crop Improvement: practices pasture improvement; no-till, minimum tillage practices; tiling and terrace management, excellent farm stewardship
        • Soil and Water Conservation: participates in proactive land conservation practices, including the CRP program; built ponds, terraces, waterway management
        • Farm Organizations: Farm bureau, FFA supporter and Lifetime Alumni Member
        • Leadership: Hopkins Housing corporation, Show Me Tractor Cruise, 102 Valley Bank board, Community Club, North Nodaway Alumni Banquet committee, Chapter K PEO, CWF
        • Educations: North Nodaway School Board member and President; hosts for foreign exchange students; 4-H project leaders
        • Government: ASCS County Committee, USDA testimony
        • Marketing: Nodaway County, Missouri and National Pork Producers Association
        • Other: Hopkins Historical Society, Hopkins and Sheridan Christian Church involvement, antique farm machine restoration, good friends and neighbors, and many other volunteer activities too numerous to mention
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        2016 — James E. Cline

        The Nodaway County University of Missouri Extension Council has been presenting the Agricultural Hall of Fame award annually since 1976. Hall of Fame nominees must have been born or spent a significant part of their lives as a resident of Nodaway County and have a direct relationship to agricultural progress in the County. Our 2016 recipient meets these qualifications and more!

        He was known throughout his life for his desire to help people and for his compassion. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Agricultural Economics and served our country through World War 2, the Korean War and retired from the National Guard in 1962. Following his service in World War 2, he returned home and taught fellow returning servicemen agriculture education courses.

        A proponent of education, he served as Vocational Agriculture Instructor at the Maryville High School as well as serving on the Maryville Board of Education.

        He supported others in the agriculture industry through his work as manager of the Consumers Oil Company and as President of Citizens State Bank. During his time at Citizens, he organized a Four State Cattle Appreciation Day and was featured in a Missouri Ruralist article for his financial knowledge in the agriculture industry.

        Continuing to generously give of himself through public service, he served on the Water Improvement Board for Watershed Planning, the Steering Committee for Maryville Industrial Development Corporation, the Steering/Lay Advisory Committee for St. Francis Hospital, the Board of Governors for the American Royal Livestock and Horse Show, and Missouri Governor Hearnes’ Council on Agriculture.

        He served as President of the Maryville Junior Chamber of Commerce, President of the Maryville Chamber of Commerce as well as chairman of the Agriculture Committee, President of the Nodaway County Fair Board, President of Otoe District of the Pony Express Council of Boy Scouts and he held all offices on the Board of Missouri Bankers Association.

        He was appointed to the Board of the State Chamber of Commerce, the Regional Advisory Committee Board of Directors for Small Business Administration and the National Small Business Administration. He was an active member of the Rotary Club, the American Legion and First Christian Church of Maryville.

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        2015 — Jerry and Esther Coffelt

        Jerry and Esther Coffelt are true examples of a traditional Midwest farm management operation. Yet, this husband and wife team is distinct because of their equal contribution to the management and labor of the business. They have also raise three children, Tina, a professor of communication at Iowa State University, Travis, deceased; and Tonya, an auditor for the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General. Their children contributed time and effort to the day-to-day farm operation for 24 years. The Coffelt farm relied on little hired labor until their son’s death in 1994. They retained one part-time hired hand until 2008, carefully selecting college students majoring in an agriculture-related field. They provided practical experience for 28 college students over the years. Their employment of these young men and women demonstrates their ongoing commitment to the future of agriculture.

        Jerry and Esther have lived their entire lives involved in agriculture. Even in their retirement, they strive to help establish young farmers when selecting tenants for the farm. They maintain fruitful gardens, care for a large yard and farmstead, and enjoy the peaceful views of their land.

        It gives me great pleasure to present the 2015 Nodaway County Hall of Fame Inductee Award to Jerry and Esther Coffelt.

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        2014 — Gene Frueh

        Gene Frueh was a lifetime resident and farmer of Nodaway County and was one of 12 children born to Leonard and Lucy (Walk) Frueh, April 8, 1933, in rural Maryville, Missouri. His parents had previously moved to Nodaway County in 1924 shortly after Gene’s grandparents had made the move to the county from the state of Iowa. He attended St. Mary’s Grade School in Maryville, which he and his brothers and sisters would get there driven by a team and buggy. Gene began farming at a young age with his father and brothers using horses and mules. During his high school years he stripped bluegrass with his brothers in Nebraska where they would then bring seeds back to Kansas City and sell the seed. Gene was a graduate of Maryville High School where he was also a member of the FFA Chapter. After graduation Gene would travel out west to Montana and Wyoming to do custom work and help with the wheat harvest. Gene also was in the Armed Services for a short time.

        In 1953, he married Donna Crocker and they started their long-life farm adventure. Gene and Donna began renting a Nodaway county farm and then purchased their first farm in 1958, and began raising their family of five children; Kenny, Karla, Diane, Randy and Roger. The farming operation included Row crops, cattle and pigs. Later in 1962, Gene bought his parents’ home place; this farm is still in operation today making it a third generation family farm. In 1993, the family was awarded the Farm Family of the Year Award at the Farm City Banquet.

        Gene’s farming operation consisted of land that he either owned or rented spreading over all four corners of the county. Gene also had a cow/calf operation and row crops. Gene used the local ASCS office for practicing some of his farming land improvements over the years. He would watch or listen to the local markets or other farmers on all the latest markets and best prices.

        Gene was a very honest, fair, and hardworking, help thy neighbor kind of man. While not only working hard on his own farm he helped family and friends whether doing custom work or just good neighbor deeds He took interest in other young farmers, helping them get their start in farming. He helped build houses with his brothers for family members during the winter months. Gene did a lot of custom work for people and was well known in Nodaway County and surrounding counties. Gene’s sons believe he was one of the first farmers to have a little round baler in the county and then also to have one of the first big balers in the county which he did much custom baling throughout the county.

        Gene was a diversified/exotic farmer raising Emus and Ostrich at one point in his farming career. Not many farmers can be described as exotic, but Gene was adventurous and enjoyed life and people. One thing many people may not have know about Gene was that he played the piano by ear and would play occasionally at functions. He loved and enjoyed playing cards, always teaching his kids how to play cards the CORRECT WAY.

        Gene was active with the local Coop and MFA organizations, while attending board meetings and activities. Gene served many years on the MFA board. He was a lifelong member of St. Gregory’s Church in which he was an active member of the Knights of Columbus; he was also a member of the Elks Lodge and the Eagles Lodge.

        Gene’s farming career spanned over 64 years. He passed away April 23, 2006. Gene and Donna’s three sons and daughter are still farming most of the ground he started on. Their daughter Diane passed away in 2009. They has 11 grandchildren, 4-great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, many of whom are very active in the farming community of Nodaway County today. Gene showed lots of leadership by helping, showing, caring, sharing and always being there for his wife, children, grandchildren, extended family and community. It gives me great pleasure to present the 2014 Nodaway County Hall of Fame Inductee Award to the Family of Eugene E. Frueh.

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        2013 — Stephen Alexander

        Stephen Alexander started farming at the age of 14 with 2 sows to farrow, a venture that expanded from an FFA project which he was a member of for 4 years. He began doing some custom work with a used Farmall 450 Diesel tractor purchased in 1965. Stephen married and traded the 450 tractor for a new 806 diesel and 6 bottom plow in the spring of 1967 when he rented 270 acres of land that he and his wife would move onto in the late summer of 1967 and begin fall work in preparation for putting in their first crop in the spring of 1968. The farm was located near the southwest corner of Hopkins. A part of this farm was in pasture and Stephen bought into a registered Angus cow herd that was on the farm at the time.

        Stephen and his wife, Sandra Sue White, purchased their first farmland, 135 acres in 1969. Stephen raised hogs there utilizing a farrowing house, wooden granary and barn that were on the property and planting the rest of the farm to crops. Stephen continued in the farrowing to finish hog operation until 1986.

        In 1969, Steve joined the North Nodaway Young Farmers. In 1976 he was presented the Outstanding Young Farmer Award at the Farm City Banquet. He has been on the North Nodaway Board of Education and is one of the present directors of the North Nodaway Education Foundation where he has been secretary for 13 years. Steve has been a 35 year Member of the Missouri Corn Growers Association. From 1985-1987 he was a Member of MO A LOT Program (Agricultural Leaders of Tomorrow) Class II. Since 1983 he has been a member of the Missouri Soybean Association, having held all board offices and lobbied in Washington DC numerous times. From 1998 to present he has participated in the University of Iowa Cow Indexing on cow calf operation. He was a 35 years participate in the University of Mo MIR Program until they discontinued. Steve has also served on the Mo Fertilizer Board, Maryville Chamber of Commerce Ag Committee, Bedford Iowa Economic Development Committee and Hopkins Historical Society.

        Stephen is still very actively engaged in farming, practicing conservation measure with tile terraces, no till soybeans, building ponds and grid soil sampling. Over the past years Stephen and his wife have expanded their family farming operation with the purchase and renting of farm land to several acres along with a cattle operation.

        On a special note Stephen and Sandy are still tenants after 46 years with the original landowners on the first 270 acres southwest of Hopkins, which a remarkable statement in itself and true testament of the pride they have in farming.

        Their son, Stan, is also involved in the family farming operation. They also have two daughters, Sonya and Shanna and four grandchildren.

        Stephen has dedicated himself to be a good steward of the land and a contributed to the growth and development for Nodaway County Agriculture and I’m sure will continue to do for many years yet to come. It gives me great pleasure to introduce this year Nodaway County Agriculture Hall of Fame Inductee Stephen Alexander.

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    Extension Leader Honor Roll

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      2018 — Ralph Johnson and Chris Wallace

      Ralph Johnson and Chris Wallace.

      Each year, the Nodaway County Extension staff is given the opportunity to name outstanding community leaders to the University of Missouri Leaders Honor Roll. This award recognizes individuals who have gone above and beyond their call of duty on behalf of Extension. This year we would like to honor Ralph Johnson and Chris Wallace.

      Ralph Johnson, a retired member of the Navy and Air National Guard at Rosecrans teaching small arms, took his knowledge of firearms and teaching them to assist the Nodaway County Shooting Sports Program. In 1992, Ralph attended the training to be a certified trainer, since then, He along with the other certified leaders host the annual Shooting Sports Clinic in which they teach the youth of the region proper handling of firearms and range etiquette.Ralph is also the .22 range leader at the annual Nodaway County Shoot at Miller’s Range in Ravenwood. Ralph is very strict on proper safety and is very proud of the fact that in his time of working with thousands of youth that there has never been any type of incident at the range. We would like to thank Ralph for his 26 years of service and leadership to the Nodaway County Shootings Sports Program and look forward to year 27 and many more on the range.

      Christopher Wallace served on the Nodaway County MU Extension Council as the City of Maryville appointee from 2014 to 2018. During his term, he served as the county representative to the Northwest Region Extension Council. Then he was appointed by the regional council to represent northwest Missouri on the State Extension Council. During this time, Christopher has advocated for MU Extension in the county, region, and State. He serves in his roles in the maximum capacity and is always looking for ways to connect MU to the local community. He works hard to make sure the views and needs of the area are well represented at the state level and works hard to ensure everyone is heard. We truly appreciate all of his efforts to promote and support MU Extension. We look forward to continue working with him!

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      Previous years’ Extension Leader Honor Rolls

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        2017 — Willis Spire and Kenny Wilmes

        Willis Spire and Kenny Wilmes.

        Each year, the Nodaway County Extension staff is given the opportunity to name outstanding community leaders to the University of Missouri Leaders Honor Roll. This award recognizes individuals who have gone above and beyond their call of duty on behalf of Extension. This year we would like to honor Willis Spire and Kenny Wilmes.

        Willis Spire and his family have been longtime supporters of MU Extension and the 4-H program in Nodaway County. He and his family were active in the Northeast Blue Jays 4-H Club in Ravenwood and Parnell. Along with being an active club leader, Willis is known for his dedication to the countywide 4-H Shooting Sports Program. For 20 years, he has served as a certified 4-H Shooting Sports project leader and has served as the shotgun project leader. He is a positive role model for youth, an example for other adult volunteers, and is a true supporter of the University of Missouri’s overall mission.

        Kenny Wilmes, was instrumental in developing the Nodaway County 4-H/FFA Livestock Show and Sale Committee. He encouraged Nodaway County FFA instructors to participate in the annual 4-H/FFA County livestock show planning process alongside the Nodaway County 4-H Leaders. He served for many years as the show’s Beef superintendent and as the Chairperson of the Sale. Kenny retired from teaching Ag at West Nodaway High School, but continues to be a supporter of the 4-H and FFA program and University of Missouri Extension.

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        2016 — Rob Sobota and Bryan and Brenda Beason

        Each year, the Nodaway County Extension staff is given the opportunity to name outstanding community leaders to the University of Missouri Leader Honor Roll. This award recognizes individuals who have gone above and beyond their call of duty on behalf of Extension. This year we would like to honor Rob Sobota and Bryan and Brenda Beason.

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        2015 — Northwest Missouri State University Police and Walter Redden

        The Northwest Missouri State University Police are key players in our local community as well as campus community. They are committed to building key relationships with stakeholders and members of their team which has allowed them to focus on important issues impacting the community. The campus police department along with the Office of International Affairs has joined forces with University of Missouri Extension to partner in providing a variety of relevant topics for international students through the Rent Smart program.

        Walter Redden has served on the Nodaway County Extension Council since 2012. While serving on the Extension Council he has been an energetic and eager part of the team. We appreciate how hard Walter works to help promote MU Extension within Nodaway County and throughout the region.

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        2014 — Joseph Frueh and Mike Luke

        Each year, the Nodaway County Extension staff is given the opportunity to name outstanding community leaders to the University of Missouri Leader Honor Roll. This award recognizes individuals who have gone above and beyond their call of duty on behalf of Extension. This year we would like to honor Joseph Frueh and Mike Luke.Each year, the Nodaway County Extension staff is given the opportunity to name outstanding community leaders to the University of Missouri Leader Honor Roll. This award recognizes individuals who have gone above and beyond their call of duty on behalf of Extension. This year we would like to honor Joseph Frueh and Mike Luke.

        Joe Frueh is from Pickering and graduated from North Nodaway in 2011. The council was looking for some young county residents to serve on the council. Joseph was identified and won his election. He served on the Nodaway County Extension Council from 2012 to 2014. While he was on the council he served as the Nodaway Regional Council representative. At his first regional meeting he was elected Northwest Regional Extension Council Vice-President. It was an honor for the county to be represented by such an energetic leader who wasn’t afraid to take a leadership role in his first meeting. Joe was also recognized as a Young Adult Leader on the Nodaway County Council. Joe is a senior at Northwest, majoring in Agriculture Education. He will be student teaching at Savannah High School in January and will graduate in May. We hope he will continue supporting extension as he begins his career in Ag Education.

        Mike Luke has been involved with MU Extension and Nodaway County 4-H for many years. He and his family are active in the Busy Bee 4-H Club and have provided leadership for the overall county 4-H program. Mike has served as a club leader and project leader. One of his biggest roles was serving as the county 4-H council Treasurer for seven years. While serving as Treasurer he provided support for the 4-H/FFA livestock Committee, building committee, shooting sports program, and was instrumental in receiving United Way allocations. One of Mike’s most recent projects, partnering with United Way special allocations, was purchasing and installing the "Nodaway County 4-H Welcomes You" sign, displayed on Highway 71. Mike recently retired his duties as Club Leader and 4-H council treasurer but has promised to continue his involvement with 4-H and Extension.

        Joe and Mike, we appreciate your support that you provide MU Extension in Nodaway County. Please join me in congratulating them as the 2014 recipients of University of Missouri Extension Leaders Honor Roll.

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    Missouri Century Farms

    The Missouri Century Farm program is jointly administered by the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; University of Missouri Extension; and the Missouri Farm Bureau.

    Nodaway County honorees

    2018
    • Jackson Farms — Lloyd T. Jackson — 565 acres near Bolckow has been in the family since 1863.
    2017
    • John Andrew Bliley Farm — Joseph Bliley, Robert and Mary From, From Farms — 129 acres near Stanberry has been in the family since 1903.
    • Willson Farm — Danny and Tonya Willson — 197 acres near Barnard has been in the family since 1901.
    • Nicholson Farm — Russell and Kay Nicholson — 139 acres near Hopkins has been in the family since 1917.
    2016
    • Stelter Farms — 120 acres near Maryville has been in the family since 1914.
    • Paul and Beverly Warner Farm — 80 acres near Graham has been in the family since 1915
    • Heart of the Valley Farm — William F. Welch, Frank I. Welch & William V. Welch – 190 acres near Parnell has been in the family since 1899.
    • Oakview Acres LLC, Joseph and Anna Wilmes —160 acres near Maryville has been in the family since 1916.
    2015
    • Albert V. and Elizabeth Henggeler
    • Benjamin and Ette Belle Tompkins
    • Turner Farms Inc.