Iowa 4-H Foundation

Posted on August 19, 2019 at 11:47 AM by Global Reach

Greg Lear is very deserving of being the Clay County 2019 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame inductee.Greg Lear

Greg’s devotion to helping youth showcase their abilities is witnessed throughout the county and state level in the swine industry.  Greg has been active with swine since the 1970’s with various involvements in the industry. He has been the president of the Iowa Pork Producers Association, the Open Class Swine superintendent for the Clay County Fair, started the “Friends of Clay County Swine” project, and is on the State 4-H Swine committee as well as the Clay County 4-H Swine committee.

What makes Greg stand out in our community is his constant involvement.  Greg has been an active and dedicated volunteer of Clay County 4-H for over 30 years.  Greg was a club leader for the Clay County Casters 4-H fishing club and is currently an active 4-H swine committee member.  Decreasing his involvement after his own son grew up wasn’t an option, as Greg continued sharing knowledge to youth by creating the “Friends of Clay County Swine Project”.

The “Friends of Clay County Swine Project” was a personal endeavor Greg developed.  This project was created because his son’s friends had an interest in swine but lived in town.  Greg’s love for agriculture and swine brought this project to life because he wanted everyone who had an interest to be able to have the opportunity for involvement within the industry.  Greg continues to contribute his time and skills to all 4-H and FFA members involved in swine through this project and at the Clay County Fair.

Many of the 4-H members who nominated Greg noted his ability to give an explanation and answer to anything pertaining to swine.  Greg always encourages youth to better their projects, whether it is related to nutrition, showmanship, or anything in between.  Greg is always looking to advance the youths’ projects through helping youth reflect on the big picture.  He has influenced countless people with the intention to advocate for agriculture and the swine industry. 

Clay County thanks you, Greg, for your many contributions.

Categories: 2019, Clay

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