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