Stephen and Nancy McGrew represent every aspect of the 4H mission and program. This can be seen in every part of their lives through their leadership in the community, their children, and their farm business.
The McGrew’s have dedicated more than half their lives to volunteering for the 4-H organization in multiple capacities in their club, community and county. Through their efforts, they have made a difference to countless youth over the years.
Stephen was a nine year member of the Henderson Hornets 4-H club, and went on to be a leader of that group shortly after he graduated from ISU. Stephen and Nancy met as students at ISU, and Nancy jumped in with both feet into volunteering for 4-H even though she was not a 4-H’er herself as a youth. They have both been organizational or project leaders for 32 years. In addition to that commitment, they served as leaders of the Mills County 4H Teen Club, accompanying thirty youth on the CWF experience. Nancy served as Family and Consumer Science Superintendent for over ten years and can often be found judging at fairs across southwest Iowa.
Stephen and Nancy understand the importance of community service. Stephen has been an active board member of numerous organizations, including Farm Service Company, Mills County Farm Bureau, and Mills County Soil and Water. Nancy has been an Extension Council member for more than 10 years, serves on the Mills County Foundation Board, and the board of Emerson Public Library. They are both active board members for their church.
The McGrew’s demonstrate their entrepreneurship and interest in trying to make the best better by exploring new ways to farm, utilizing methods that improve operations as well as conservation of the soil and other natural resources. They not only apply sound research in their business and lives, but often contribute to the data by partnering with ISU Extension and other agencies to conduct research on their farm. The McGrew’s continually demonstrate effective goal setting, responsibility, and leadership through their ag business and lives.