Posted on August 21, 2018 at 9:52 AM by Global Reach
Karl McCarty joined 4-H in the Adams County Prescott 4-H Workers Club in the 1970’s and was a 9 year 4-H member. His projects included raising and showing cattle and pigs, woodworking and communications. He exhibited his 4-H pigs at the Iowa State Fair and also gave a 4-H presentation on how to grow roses at the Iowa State Fair.
After high school, Karl went to Iowa State University and graduated in 1981 with a degree in farm operations. Following college, Karl returned to Adams County and the Prescott area to farm. He and his wife, Julie married in 1988, 30 years ago and still farm today. Karl and Julie raised two children each 9 year members of 4-H in Adams County and continue to raise cattle, hogs, corn, soybeans, and hay on their farm. Karl was always excited to help his children, Alex and Ciara, and other 4-Hers with their livestock projects and pass on his knowledge and passion for 4-H, for farming and for community service. Karl and Julie served together as 4-H leaders for the Prescott 4-H club for three years. Karl also volunteered through the years as a Youth and 4-H committee member, Adams County Extension Council member, and as fair swine superintendent. He has helped at the Adams County Fair in some way or another as a volunteer for the past 37 years. Karl always tries to assist whenever a need arises.
Karl McCarty’s community involvement also included serving on the Prescott School Board for several years and as an Adams County supervisor for the last 14 years.
Through his love for woodworking Karl became a skilled carpenter. He shared his carpentry skills with 4-Hers and the 4-H program through the years taking the lead with many improvements to buildings at the Adams County Fairgrounds. He spearheaded construction of the Fair Pavilion, remodeling of the 4-H exhibit building, construction of the small animals building, construction of the new livestock show ring barn, as well as the new horse and swine barns.
Karl McCarty is an honorary 4-H Alumni recipient in Adams County and received the Outstanding Young Farmer Award from the Adams Community Chamber of Commerce.
Both of Karl’s parents were long time 4-H members and volunteers. All of Karl’s sisters were Adams County 4-H members. They would all be very proud for Karl to be the 2018 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductee from Adams County.