2014 Agriculture Hall of Fame Award
Gene Frueh was a lifetime resident and farmer of Nodaway County and was 1 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 Emu’s 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 Elk’s Lodge and the Eagle’s 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.
2014 University of Missouri Leader's Honor Roll
Each year, the Nodaway County Extension staff is given the opportunity to name outstanding community leaders to the University of Missouri Leader’s 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’s 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.
2014 Nodaway County State Fair Farm Family
Bruce and Renee Wiederholt and family of Maryville were among the 110 families honored during the Missouri State Fair’s Farm Family Day on August 11, 2014.
The Wiederholt’s were selected as the Nodaway County Missouri State Fair Farm Family by the Nodaway County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau. The family includes Josh, Bryce, and Kaysie.
Each year, the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the state who are active in their community, involved in agriculture, and participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H and FFA.
The Wiederholt’s operate an 800-acre row crop and cattle operation. Bruce runs the day to day operation with the help of Josh and Bryce. Bruce also serves on the Northeast Nodaway School Board and does crop adjusting. Renee owns and operates Curves in Maryville. All three kids have been involved in 4-H and FFA. Josh works at Northwest Missouri State University and does crop adjusting. Bryce is currently a student at NWMSU. Kaysie is a senior at Northeast Nodaway and is currently involved in 4-H and FFA. Kaysie spends her summers showing lambs at jackpots and fairs. Not only were the Wiederholt’s representing Nodaway county at farm family day, they were at the Missouri State Fair to watch Kaysie show her lambs.
The Nodaway County Extension Council was proud to have the Widerholt family represent the county at Farm Family Day at the Missouri State Fair. The annual event was sponsored by the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri State Fair, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and University of Missouri Extension.
2013 Agriculture Hall of Fame Award
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 2 daughters, Sonya and Shanna and 4 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.
2013 State Fair Farm Family
Ron and Angela Hagey and family of Burlington Junction were among the 108 families honored during the Missouri State Fair’s Farm Family Day on August 12.
The Hagey’s were selected as the Nodaway Missouri State Fair Farm Family by the Nodaway Extension Council and local Farm Bureau. The family includes Dylan, Page, Madison and Reagan.
Each year, the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the state who are active in their community, involved in agriculture and participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H and FFA.
The Hagey’s operate a 5000-acre corn, soybeans and cattle operation. They are involved with the Northwest Missouri Tractor Pullers Association. While they were at the state fair representing Nodaway County farm families, they were also busy working at the tractor pull. The family is member of St. Benedict Catholic Church in Burlington Junction. Angela is a member of Phi Mu Sorority in Burlington Junction. Dylon and Madison are students at Northwest Missouri State University. Paige and Reagan are students at West Nodaway School where Paige is a member of the FFA.
The Nodaway County Extension Council was proud to have the Hagey Family represent the county at the Farm Family Day at the Missouri State Fair. The annual event was sponsored by the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri State Fair, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and University of Missouri Extension.
2012 State Fair Farm Family
Randy and Judy Frueh and family of Pickering were among the 108 families honored during the Missouri State Fair’s Farm Family Day, Aug. 13.
The Frueh’s were selected as the Nodaway County Missouri State Fair Farm Family by the Nodaway extension council and local Farm Bureau. The family includes Megan and Joseph.
Each year the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the state who are active in their community, involved in agricultural activities and who participate in local outreach and extension educational programs such as 4-H and FFA.
Randy and Judy both grew up on family farms in Nodaway County and have been married for 26 years. They live on a 900 acre farm outside of Pickering where they grow beans and corn and raise cattle. Randy has been farming for 32 years and also does field tiling.
Judy works at University Wellness Services as a clinical supervisor and women’s health nurse practitioner and is an executive with Isagenix International. She also serves on the SSM Hospice/Home Health Board, the Big Brother Big Sister Advisory Board, member of the Nodaway County Crusade Against Cancer and Vice-President of the North Nodaway School Board.
Randy and Judy’s daughter, Megan currently teaches 4th grade at Nodaway-Holt. Their son, Joseph is a sophomore at Northwest majoring in Ag Education. Both Megan and Joseph graduated from North Nodaway High School. Megan and Joseph were active in the North Nodaway 4-H while growing up. Joseph also was active in FFA and shows pigs. Joseph still volunteers with 4-H camp and serves on the Nodaway County Extension Council as well as serves as the Northwest Missouri Regional Vice Chair for the Extension Council. He is active in the Collegiate FFA at Northwest. He also helps Randy on the family farm. Megan and Joseph both have helped judge at achievement day as well helped with Vacation Bible School for many years.
The family attends and volunteers with St. Gregory’s Church. They have also had a team for the Relay for Life for 14 years, and Megan recently served on the Nodaway County Relay for Life Steering Committee.
The Nodaway County Extension Council was proud to have the Frueh Family represent the county at the Farm Family Day at the Missouri State Fair. The annual event was sponsored by Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri Department of Agriculture, Missouri State Fair, University of Missouri Extension and the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.
Previous State Fair Farm Families
2013 Ron & Angela Hagey, Burlington Jct
2012 Randy & Judy Frueh, Pickering
2011 Rick & Terri Dawson, Maryville
2010 Steve & Sheryl Ginther, Barnard
2009 Steve & Robin Shamberger, Graham
2008 Mike & Marsha Rosenbohm, Graham
2007 Kenneth & Teri Runde, Ravenwood
2006 Cris & Tara Wilmes, Maryville
2005 Ben & 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