Nodaway County Agriculture Awards


2016 Agriculture Hall of Fame Award

2016 Nodaway County Agriculture Hall of Fame Inductee

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.


2016 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 Rob Sobota and Bryan and Brenda Beason.


Ron Sobota has served on the Nodaway County Extension council for 4 years from 2009-2012.  He served as an active council member and has been active in the Ravenwood community.  Even though he isn’t currently serving on the extension council, he remains to be an advocate of MU Extension.

Bryan and Brenda Beason were nominated for this award because of their longstanding involvement with the Nodaway County     4-H program.  Bryan served as a Livestock Show Superintendent for the Nodaway County 4-H/FFA Livestock Shows numerous years, while   Brenda served as the Club Leader for the Burlington Junction Lucky Shamrocks 4-H Club from 2010-2016.  They enjoyed many years watching their sons Brenton and Brody show Steers at the Missouri State Fair.  Bryan and Brenda continue to be actively involved within their community, and we look forward to their continued involvement with the 4-H and Extension livestock program.






2016 Nodaway County State Fair Farm Family

John A. and Beverly Schenkel and family of Maryville were among the families honored during the Missouri Farm Family Day, Aug. 15 at the Missouri State Fair.

The Schenkel family was selected as the Nodaway County Missouri Farm Family by the Nodaway County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau. The family includes Sidney and John G.

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 participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H or FFA.

The Schenkel family operates a corn, soybean, and cow/calf operation in Nodaway County.  John A. serves on the AgraMarke Quality Grains Board with Lifeline Foods, and the Polk Township Board.  He also served 13 years on the Nodaway County Soil & Water Conservation Board.  Beverly serves on the Nodaway County Extension Council, and represents the county on the Northwest Regional Extension Council and the State Extension Council.  Additionally, they both serve on the Northwest Technical School Agriculture Advisory Committee.  They are also members of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, Nodaway County Cattlemen’s Association, and Missouri Farm Bureau.

Sidney is a 2015 graduate of Mizzou in Agriculture Business.  She currently resides in Kearney, NE and works for Farm Credit Services of America.  John G. is a junior at Mizzou majoring in Agriculture Business.  He is a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, and Northwest Technical School FFA.

The annual event is sponsored by five partner agencies, including 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.

This was the first year in its 58-year history that all 114 counties participated by nominating a family.

The event showcases the impact Missouri Farm Families have on the economy and heritage of our 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.”