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Schoning inducted into 4-H Hall of Fame

By Renae B. Vander Schaaf

Date Modified: 10/10/2012 1:10 PM

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TERRIL, Iowa — Mike Schoning was surprised to learn that he would be inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame at the Iowa State Fair.

To him, working with 4-H club members and livestock was just something he liked to do.

His ties with 4-H began when he joined the Meadow Minuteman. A farm boy from Fostoria, he always had a beef project at the Clay County Fair.

He became involved again when his five sons were in 4-H and he has been contributing for 35 years

Schoning was recognized at the Clay County Fair Sheep Show in the Livestock Pavilion.

"After years as a member and parent involved in 4-H activities, Mike has served as a Clay County 4-H sheep and beef superintendent," said Bonnie Dalager, Clay County Extension program director.

Schoning worked to create opportunities for youth to learn and showcase their accomplishments. Each day of the Clay County Fair, he could be seen working at weigh-ins, in the barns or in the livestock office.

He was there to answer questions and to deal with any problems that might arise. Fortunately, they were few and not major, Schoning said.

"I enjoy my time working with 4-H kids," said Schoning. "There has always been good Extension staff to work with, and I had good committee members, too."

He raised grain, hogs and had a cow-calf herd on his Terril farm. When his boys were in 4-H a small sheep flock was added. At 66, he is semi-retired.

"I plan to keep right on volunteering as long as my health allows it," said Schoning. "Simply because I like doing it."

Next year, a grandchild will be participate for the first time, he said. She plans on showing pigs.