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Story sources: Scott Brown, 573-882-3861; Eric Bailey, 573-884-7873

SPICKARD, Mo. – The Thompson Farm calving barn became a classroom for the University of Missouri. The teachers were MU graduate students and their mentors. Their listeners were beef farmers on Sept. 17.

In his field day greeting, Chris Daubert said this farm was a classroom as much as any building on the Columbia campus. Daubert, dean of the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, told how farm research helps beef farmers profit. It also prepares the next generation.

The evening program taught as much on grass, beef-cow rations and economics as it did on breeding heifers and cows.

MU specialists adjusted the day’s programs to fit the need after a hot, dry summer. Drought crippled hay production.

Eric Bailey, MU beef nutritionist, outlined a plan for feeding cows this coming winter. He says feed less hay. Also, cut waste in feeding big hay bales.

Low-cost grains and byproduct feeds can replace expensive hay. Feeding hay that costs $85 per big bale makes no economic sense, Bailey said.

Later, MU Extension beef economist Scott Brown said, “This drought is not like the drought of 2012.” Unlike then, grain crops will be plentiful, lowering feed costs. Rations using grains can replace high-price hay.

In a nutshell economic outlook, Brown said beef producers will struggle through 2019. In 2020 and beyond, Missouri’s beef-cow herds can boost the economy. With returning rains, producers are maintaining herd size.

Brown added cautions. For now, huge supplies of meat loom over markets. Pork and poultry producers face serious financial challenges.

Currently, consumer demand keeps beef prices strong. “Beef farmers listen to consumers and give what buyers want.” That’s both domestic and international. World trade remains vital to our farm economy, Brown said.

Just ahead, beef producers won’t gain much from higher prices, he said. To survive they must look to cutting costs.

Gaining quality beef at lower cost came from beef herd research at Thompson Farm for more than 20 years. Major gains were made in cutting death losses at calving. Also, quality beef gains through better genetics.

In the evening program, MU graduate students had first chances to share results of their studies at the MU research farm.

Genetics add to the MU reproduction programs. Research at the DNA level speeds breed progress, scientists find.

Students were joined by Jordan Thomas, a recent Ph.D. graduate now hired as an MU Extension specialist. It was his first appearance back at Thompson as a state specialist, up from student.

His research shifts from breeding heifers to inseminating older cows. Artificial insemination protocols that work on heifers don’t work as well with cows 4 years and older.

His report that older beef animals respond slower was understood by older beef farmers who made up much of the crowd.

Already, Thomas’ studies of longer breeding protocols show promise on old cows. “We’re just beginning,” he said. Other research aims to improve split-time AI and use of sexed semen.

In his wrap-up of the day, emcee Bill Lamberson, director of animal science on the MU campus, pitched an appeal for financial support for science and teaching at Thompson Farm. His call echoed an appeal earlier last week by UM President Mun Choi. The leaders seek added dollar support. State funding hasn’t kept pace with costs at the state’s land-grant university.

Beef farmers already use research from MU Thompson farm to add value, Dean Daubert said.

Results in breeding quality beef herd replacements will be seen at six Show-Me-Select heifer sales across the state this fall.

Producers across the nation benefit from MU fixed-time AI breeding protocols. Field day visitors looked behind the scenes at new research on that.

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Story source: Johanna Reed Adams, 573-882-3978

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension has developed an innovative online program with the focus on building better leaders. The 11-week course runs Jan. 21-April 8, 2019.

Leadership Online for Today (LOFT) is an interactive course that allows participants to improve communication skills, build relationships and networks, and develop a collaborative project to benefit a community or organization, said Johanna Reed Adams, MU Extension state community development specialist.

Each of the 11 weekly sessions will have a specific focus, Reed Adams said. “Participants have the ability to work at their convenience within the week’s time frame.” Leadership coaches and members of the program will use a cloud-based media platform that allows for sharing videos, audio recordings, text and images.

“Strengths of the curriculum include convenience and flexibility to help meet the scheduling and learning needs of millennials,” she said. “While the course is targeted at the millennial generation, anyone is able to apply for the program.”

Leadership coaches guide the learning process by posing questions and helping members make progress toward their goals. “Participants will build trust and develop a sense of community with other participants as well as their leadership coach as they interact online,” Reed Adams said.

There is a $225 registration fee and, once the program is completed, participants will receive a certificate of completion and 1.1 continuing education units. There is a fee reduction when three or more participants from the same organization are enrolled. Registration deadline is Jan. 7, 2019.

LOFT was developed with the intent to prepare emerging leaders to affect positive community change, Reed Adams said. “This program provides a unique experience for participants that will help prepare them for other leadership opportunities within the community.”

For more information about the program, contact Johanna Reed Adams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit Follow LOFT on Facebook at

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Story source: Corinne Bromfield, 573-882-7821

COLUMBIA, Mo. – U.S. pork producers should be aware of an emerging swine disease, says University of Missouri Extension veterinarian Corinne Bromfield.

Chinese pork producers reported the 13th outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) Sept. 6. It has appeared since August in several locations in China hundreds of miles apart. This leaves researchers scratching their heads over how it spreads from one area to another, says Bromfield.

This is the first time ASF has appeared in eastern Asia; concerns about the impact on the pork industry run high globally. The United Nations called for an emergency meeting of animal experts Sept. 5 to halt the spread of the fatal disease.

Its devastating effects include high fever, anorexia, diarrhea, abortion, skin hemorrhages and death. Groups of pigs huddle and shiver together, breathe abnormally and cough. Pigs usually die within a week of infection. Call your veterinarian immediately if you see high morbidity or mortality, skin discoloration or other signs of the disease in your herd, says Bromfield.

ASF spreads quickly from pig to pig through direct secretions, on contaminated objects and through ticks. No vaccine exists to control the disease. Culling remains the only control option. Infection could occur during the shipping of meat from one area or country to another, says Bromfield.

ASF virus can contaminate pork products and remain in pork for a long time. It does not infect humans who eat the contaminated pork, Bromfield says.

“We do not have ASF in the United States at this time, but if it were to come here, rapid detection is our best chance for eradicating the disease,” Bromfield says.

Hog feed made with ingredients from outside of the United States could put U.S. hogs at risk, she says.

“ASF is considered a trade-limiting disease,” Bromfield says. “Most countries have regulations prohibiting or controlling live swine and pork product imports from other countries.”

MU Extension economist Scott Brown says the recent outbreak of ASF in China could have a huge impact on the pork industry at a time when hog prices are already low. It also could potentially raise prices for U.S. pork producers who could find new export markets. China produces and consumes half of the world’s pork, Brown says.

Bromfield says pork producers would benefit from a review of farm biosecurity practices now. She recommends that producers ask their feed suppliers about the origin of their feed and what biosecurity measures they employ.

MU Extension swine veterinarians, engineers and economists are planning a set of biosecurity workshops in Missouri this winter. Look for updates at

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Story source: Scott E. Poock, 573-882-6359

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Prolonged heat stress this year may bring a smaller calf crop next year. Herd owners are seeing cows known to be pregnant coming back into heat to be rebred.

Pregnancy losses are due to several reasons, says Scott Poock, University of Missouri Extension veterinarian. “The first is increased internal temperature of the cow.”

In July, a northern Missouri beef herd owner saw his bull breeding cows that were known to be pregnant from an earlier pregnancy check. Poock said, “It’s probably heat stress.”

To find out more, he took his ultrasound device to the field for rechecks of pregnancies. “Roughly, we saw 20 percent open in herds on average. There are a few outstanding exceptions, but they bred early in April prior to May heat.”

At the MU Foremost Dairy, Poock found up to 25 percent loss of pregnancies after early pregnancy diagnosis (30-32 days of gestation). He also found dead embryos from AI breeding from mid-May through June.

“I am getting lots of calls on this,” Poock added.

“The early embryo is sensitive to temperatures above normal body heat,” he says. However, at six to eight days the embryo becomes heat-tolerant. “Early heat stress could lead to embryo loss right away. Those cows come back into heat on schedule.”

High temperatures also disrupt ovarian and uterine functions. That affects quality of the egg, with oocytes being compromised. Fertilization occurs, but the fertilized egg does not develop normally. The embryo dies later.

“Those cows return to heat at strange intervals,” Poock says. “I have reports of beef cows showing heats at 30 to 50 days after timed AI. These cows likely conceived but then lost their embryo.”

Heat stress also affects bulls with cow herds. “Heat decreases sperm quality, which leads to decreased pregnancies,” he says.

Herd owners ask what to do with non-pregnant cows.

“With the lack of grass and hay, these open cows rise to the top of the list for culling,” Poock says. “In a normal year, I might evaluate genetics of individual cows to see whether to move them to the fall-calving herd.”

This has not been a normal year. With drought-stressed grain crops, feed costs may rise. Forage prices shot up with lack of baled hay.

At the MU Thompson Farm, Spickard, cow herd pregnancy checks have been near normal, says Jon Schreffler, farm manager. The heifers were slightly lower this year compared to 2017. But last year pregnancies were above normal.

“We’ll do final ultrasounds in late September,” Schreffler adds.

The MU herd was bred mid-April into May. They missed high heat at artificial-insemination time.

Research at the MU herd led to protocols used in the Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program. Part of that protocol calls for ultrasound within 90 days after start of timed AI. Cleanup bulls are turned in with AI-bred heifers. They catch any missed conceptions. That is done before summer heat arrives.

Show-Me-Select protocols give high conception rates and calving-ease births. Fixed-time AI leads to short calving seasons and uniform calf crops.

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Story source: Dhruba Dhakal, 660-288-3239

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Widespread drought conditions during the 2018 growing season in most of Missouri resulted in hay and forage shortages, says University of Missouri Extension agronomist Dhruba Dhakal.

Dhakal offers some alternative/emergency forage options to feed beef cattle during fall, winter and spring.

Stockpiling tall fescue

If fescue stands are strong, stockpiling tall fescue is one of the cheapest and easiest options for fall and winter grazing, Dhakal says.

“If plants are still alive with more than 75 percent fescue left, fertilize with 40-50 pounds of nitrogen per acre in September and close the gates,” he says. Let grass grow until November before grazing. An application of urea with nitrogen stabilizer (Agrotain, for example) with rainfall received within 14 days helps to incorporate it and reduce volatilization.

“Ammonium nitrate and ammonium sulfate are less prone to volatilization loss compared to urea,” Dhakal says. “Rotational grazing using paddocks is a better option to increase carrying capacity of land as well as maintaining pasture health.”

Research shows rotational grazing nearly doubles the utilization. An early ice storm or foot traffic on these fields could deteriorate the grass prematurely, he says.

Using drought-stressed corn and soybean

Silage from drought-stressed corn can be used to feed cattle during fall and winter. Typically, nitrate levels in corn drop 40-50 percent during the ensiling process if the silage ferments well. Dhakal recommends nitrate testing if feeding corn green chop or silage to the cattle.

Drought-damaged soybean can be grazed when plants are 12-18 inches tall, he says. Check herbicide labels before grazing or feeding cattle. Some herbicides have a longer residual period. Soybean can be hayed at early R3 and made into silage at R4-R5 stages. Cattle can be grazed on corn and soybean stubble in the fall. Ammoniating corn or sorghum stover for feeding cattle might be another fall option, Dhakal says.

Planting winter annual small grains

Dhakal says pastures with poor fescue stands or with no fall growth potential may be planted with winter annuals if there is good soil moisture. Planting winter annuals into a strong fescue stand is counterproductive and may not be cost-effective, he says.

Some winter annuals such as cereal rye, triticale, winter wheat and winter barley are suited for grazing during fall and winter in Missouri. Cattle producers with row crops can plant these winter annuals as a cover crop after harvesting corn and soybean. These crops offer the double benefit of covering the land and providing forage for cattle during fall, winter and spring, Dhakal says.

Cereal rye is easier and quicker to establish than other small grains. It is the most winter-hardy small grain and provides forage for grazing even during late winter. It provides excellent fall tonnage and has good regrowth potential after grazing.

Increase seeding rates up to 50 percent and plan to graze in fall and harvest again in spring. Dhakal suggests tight spring grazing for best vegetative growth and forage quality. Triticale is a cross between cereal rye and wheat—a good compromise for tonnage, quality and balance between fall and spring grazing.

Wheat grows little in the fall, so it provides the most forage in the spring. It has higher-quality forage compared to rye and triticale and may be one of the best options for early spring hay or haylage, Dhakal says. Barley also is a good option for fall planting for early growth, good quality and tonnage prior to winter. However, winter-hardiness can be an issue for barley, he says.

Planting brassicas and winter legumes

Planting brassicas such as turnip, radish, kale and canola at 3 to 8 pounds per acre, is another option for feeding cattle during fall. Turnip may provide up to 3 tons of forage per acre from October to December. “Turnip is an easy and quick establishment but has little regrowth potential. Bloat, sulfur and nitrate toxicity, and milk flavoring might occur at times,” Dhakal says.

He suggests feeding turnips with a mix of either cereal grain forage or annual ryegrass or hay. It may have up to 24 percent crude protein and 75 percent total digestible nutrient if it is grazed or harvested at early bloom stage, Dhakal says.

Some winter annual legumes such as Austrian winter pea and hairy vetch can be planted with small grains in fall. These legumes fix atmospheric nitrogen and have higher crude protein and total digestible nutrient than non-legume forage. They also improve the overall nutritive value of forage, Dhakal says.

Planting spring oats

Dhakal also suggests planting spring oats from late winter to early spring in Missouri. They can be used as hay and silage crop to feed cattle. Their forage quality is higher when harvested from boot to early heading stage for making hay and from milking to dough stage for making silage.

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Story source: Kevin Zumwalt, 573-882-0892

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Kevin D. Zumwalt has been appointed director of the University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute (FRTI), effective Sept. 1.

“Kevin has provided exemplary leadership as the interim director of the Institute for the past 11 months and is a natural choice as the permanent director,” said Blake Naughton, MU associate vice chancellor for extension and engagement.

Zumwalt succeeds David Hedrick, who retired in 2017 after 10 years as FRTI’s director.

Part of MU Extension, FRTI provides comprehensive continuing professional education training to Missouri’s fire service and emergency response personnel.

“It is with great honor and privilege that I accept the position to become the eighth director in the Institute’s 86-year history,” Zumwalt said. “I look forward to carrying on the mission of the Institute to develop and deliver quality continuing professional education.”

Zumwalt joined the institute in 1983 as an adjunct instructor and has served in many roles since then, including Fire School coordinator, special programs manager, and assistant and associate director. During his time with the Institute, he developed a learning management system to efficiently handle course management, student registration and student transcripts. He also coordinated the development of a growing technical rescue program that has gained a reputation as one of the most successful in the country.

He has been recognized nationally as an early adopter in the use of the Incident Command System for conference management. Over the years, Zumwalt has played a key role in incorporating new methods of instruction into the FRTI curriculum, from early satellite delivery to webcasting and online learning.

Zumwalt says he “grew up” in the fire service: His father was a chief with a volunteer fire department in St. Clair, Mo. He has served on several national fire service committees and is a past National Fire Academy TRADE state co-chair and is a past member of Missouri Task Force 1, a FEMA urban search and rescue team based with the Boone County Fire Protection District.

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Story source: Tim Schnakenberg, 417-357-6812

MONETT, Mo. – Glenn Obermann has a winning recipe for quality hay.

At the 2018 Missouri State Fair, Glenn and Toni Obermann took Champion and Reserve Champion awards in alfalfa and grass classes 4-8, and Champion in alfalfa classes 1-3. The Obermanns entered the fair with championship awards in seven of eight years since 2010.

University of Missouri Extension forage specialist Tim Schnakenberg says Obermann’s attention to detail and timing combine for consistently superior hay.

The Obermann hay posted relative forage quality (RFQ) scores of 234.5 and protein of 22.7 percent. U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines consider RFQ above 185 to be the highest class—supreme.

The Obermanns mix quality forage with time-tested, research-based agricultural and production practices to achieve high scores in RFQ, TDN (total digestible nutrients) and RFV (relative feed value).

Their wall of ribbons continues to grow. At the recent Ozark Empire Fair Hay Show in Springfield, they took champion honors in the dry hay show in legumes with a mix of WL alfalfa and Crown Royale orchardgrass. It tested at 234.5 RFQ and 60.14 TDN. They have won top honors five of the last nine years.

Obermann says he relies on MU Extension to teach him about university research and practices. He regularly attends workshops and has been a tour host for extension events.

Southwestern Missouri is hay and cattle country. Due to low water reserves in 2017 followed by a crippling lack of precipitation in 2018, some producers began dipping into dry hay supplies early this year and are scrambling to find high-quality hay to buy. Obermann says he gets six or seven calls daily from producers whose drought-stressed hayfields are producing only a third to half their normal amounts this year.

Half of Obermann’s hay is alfalfa. The other half is an alfalfa-orchardgrass mix. He owned a dairy herd until 2010 before finding a niche market for high-quality alfalfa in small bales. This market includes cattle, horse, sheep, goat, llama and alpaca owners. He misses raising cattle, but he found he needed to devote all of his efforts to quality hay.

As an ex-dairyman, Obermann knows what livestock owners want in their hay. “The people who win hay shows are dairymen,” says MU Extension livestock specialist Eldon Cole. “They know quality hay and realize if they are going to get performance, the forage is critical. His reputation is good and he prices fairly based upon the current market.”

Obermann’s 90 acres produced 14,000 bales on five cuttings in 2017. The rest of his 200-acre farm is in a rotation of wheat and soybean, and he also raises straight grass hay. In a few areas, he cut six times. Like other growers, he expects less this year. In 2016 and 2017, good rains in the May-August period boosted cuttings. In the 2012 drought, he got two early cuttings before the rain shut off.

He gets an average of five cuttings per season, baling to Dec. 1 after a killing frost. Schnakenberg says conventional hay baling wisdom suggests Sept. 15 as the last day to cut alfalfa and Nov. 1 after a killing frost. Obermann leaves about a foot of growth at the last cutting.

He cuts alfalfa every 28 days to generate shoots instead of seed. He uses a starter culture inoculant for good fermentation and to boost the hay’s shelf life. This lets him bale at 25-26 percent moisture instead of the recommended 17 percent. Proper hay moisture is critical to reduce leaf shatter and nutrient loss.

Every part of his haymaking processing runs on time. “It’s very time-sensitive,” he says. “But once you get it figured out, it’s kind of fun.”

Obermann bales hay at night when possible. By doing this, leaves remain open for a softer, leafier and tastier product. He checks stems for moisture to keep it from seeping through and spoiling the hay. As long as stems are dry, dew dampens them and prevents shattering of leaves.

Most of Obermann’s bales weigh 50-60 pounds. “I do not bale 90-pound bales because no one wants to buy moldy hay,” he says. “Bales that tight and that heavy simply cannot breathe and could mold.”

The smaller bales require less machine handling, weigh less, are easier to store and allow better portion control. He says smaller bales lose fewer leaves and provide more palatable forage for cows and horses than large round bales. “These bales require manual labor. Automatic equipment does not work for small alfalfa bales.”

He grows alfalfa for four years and then no-tills orchardgrass seed into his alfalfa field. This process extends his hay stand for another four to five years. As alfalfa plants age, they die out and leave bare areas. The orchardgrass fills the bare areas and provides weed control.

After this, he plants into a soybean and wheat double-crop rotation. He plants alfalfa in late May to early June after danger of frost passes. Alfalfa emerges within three days.

He applies 900 pounds of fertilizer in split applications to encourage growth and maintain persistence. Obermann says high fertilizer levels keep crabgrass and other weeds at bay.

Unlike many growers, he uses his own sprayer for time-sensitive applications. This lets him respond quickly to disease and insects. It also allows him to adjust spray times according to wind speeds and weather conditions.

“If you take care of alfalfa, it comes back,” he says.

In the last year, he added a new storage barn that features top ventilation for cooling. He also invested in a used self-propelled bale wagon that picks up small bales and conveys them to a single employee to stack on a wagon. When the wagon is completely stacked, the conveyor reverses for unloading into a barn.

Obermann says his operation is labor-intensive but worth it. The proof is in the high-quality hay that comes from his farm.

“Glenn is an outstanding hay producer,” Schnakenberg says. “He puts a lot of effort into it.”

For more information, contact any of these MU Extension agronomy specialists in southwestern Missouri: Tim Schnakenberg, Stone County, 417-357-6812; Jill Scheidt, Barton County, 417-682-3579; or Sarah Kenyon, Howell County, 417-256-2391.

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Lush, green and leafy hay grown by Glenn and Toni Obermann gains favor with livestock producers for its high relative forage value and protein content. Photo by Linda Geist.
University of Missouri Extension agronomist Tim Schnakenberg, right, checks out Obermann’s self-propelled hay wagon, which minimizes handling and eases the workload. Photo by Linda Geist.
Monett farmer Glenn Obermann consistently wins awards for his hay at the Missouri State Fair and Ozark Empire Fair Hay Show. Photo by Linda Geist.

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Cutline: Lush, green and leafy hay grown by Glenn and Toni Obermann gains favor with livestock producers for its high relative forage value and protein content. Photo by Linda Geist.


Cutline: University of Missouri Extension agronomist Tim Schnakenberg, right, checks out Obermann’s self-propelled hay wagon, which minimizes handling and eases the workload. Photo by Linda Geist.


Cutline: Monett farmer Glenn Obermann consistently wins awards for his hay at the Missouri State Fair and Ozark Empire Fair Hay Show. Photo by Linda Geist.

Story source: Chris Willow, 573-882-2680

SEDALIA, Mo. – “Making the best better” for generations of Missouri 4-H club members, 50 volunteers joined the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame on Aug. 18 at State Fair Community College in Sedalia.

Inductees from 38 counties established a legacy totaling 1,318 years of service to 4-H. More than 250 family members and friends attended the 12th annual event.

The Missouri 4-H Foundation recognizes individuals who have created a legacy of service to 4-H by honoring them with membership in the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame. “These leaders have made exceptional contributions to the lives of Missouri 4-H members and we are proud to honor their service,” said Chris Willow, advancement coordinator for the foundation.

“Our University of Missouri Extension 4-H youth faculty and staff work in partnership with our volunteers to see they have the support needed to empower youth to succeed as future leaders,” said Alison Copeland, interim director of the MU Extension 4-H Center for Youth Development. “Dedicated faculty and staff, committed volunteers, and spirited 4-H’ers will continue to learn and grow together to help our youth and communities thrive.”

The event is sponsored by FCS Financial and the Missouri State Fair in partnership with the Missouri 4-H Foundation.

2018 Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame inductees:

Andrew County
Darline* and Kenneth Nold

Audrain County
Renae and Keith Stumpe

Barton County
Jack and Betty Purinton

Buchanan County
Charles "Chuck" Beery*

Caldwell County
Beverly Bryant

Callaway County
Teresa Culwell

Clark County
Ed and Tammy Riney

Clinton County
Maurine Bodenhausen

Cole County
Joyce Newcomb

Cooper County
John and Barbara Holtzclaw

Crawford County
Sandra Stewart

DeKalb County
Jim and Becky Carlson

Franklin County
Sam Williams and Pam CoxWilliams

Gasconade County
Sharon Fennewald

Greene County
Janice Perry

Henry County
Martie and Gerald* Zumbrunnen

Jasper County
Dale and Donna Wickstrom

Johnson County
Frances Elkins

Knox County
Pat Shultz

Lafayette County
Elizabeth "Beth" Maggert

Lawrence County
Dixie Wolf

Lewis County
Betty Stark

Linn County
Rex Wood

Livingston County
David and Suzi Beck

Marion County
Kent O'Bryan

Monroe County
Lois Spencer

Montgomery County
Patricia Korman

Osage County
Rosemary Fechtel

Pike County
Shari Niemeyer

Putnam County
Melissa Henderson
Ellen Schnakenberg

Ralls County
Debbie Hodges

Randolph County
Willa Jean Richards

Ray County
Rhonda Luther

Saline County
James "Jim" and Karen Deutsch

Scotland County
David and RaElla Wiggins

Shelby County
Kenny Wilson

Warren County
Cathy Engelage

*Posthumous award.

About Missouri 4-H

4-H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for careers tomorrow. 4-H programs empower nearly 6 million young people across the U.S. through experiences that develop critical life skills.

University of Missouri Extension 4-H connects the technical knowledge of Mizzou to youth across Missouri learning about the sciences, leadership, citizenship and skills for life. For more than 65 years, the Missouri 4-H Foundation has been managing funds for the MU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program, providing higher education scholarships and recognizing 4-H volunteers.


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2018 inductees in the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame. Photo by Casey Buckman.

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