Posted on August 22, 2022 at 10:45 AM by Cade Cameron
Dale Thoreson is a longtime supporter of the 4-H program. Dale was born one of ten children and grew up on a dairy/grain farm in SE North Dakota. He was a 4-H member in Barnes County North Dakota for eight years. He joined when his father started a 4-H club. He was active in livestock projects and attended a 4-H camp. He went on to receive a BS in animal science from NDSU and an MS in dairy science from Oklahoma State.
Dale and his wife of 52 years Linda (who was also a 4-H member) have two sons who were both in 4-H. From 1973-2010 Dale served as the County Director for Butler County Extension and later served as the Area specialist in Dairy, Beef, and Forages. Throughout his time in Butler County, Dale has been a great supporter of the 4-H program, especially the livestock area.
Dale has chaperoned the leadership conference and the 4-H exchange to Calumet County Wisconsin. He has judged 4-H presentations and coached dairy judging teams. He has volunteered with the Iowa State Fair 4-H judging contest and has been the announcer for several dairy shows. He has also judged dairy at several county fairs. Dale continues to be actively involved in supporting and promoting the Butler County Fair and 4-H livestock weigh-ins.
This year is his 19th Butler County Fair. He has also recently taken on the role of serving on the Butler County Endowment Committee and has been instrumental in the creation of the Endowment. Dale enjoys teaching through extension and helping people. He really enjoys judging 4-H fairs and especially enjoys judging bucket bottle calves. Dale’s talents, support, and dedication have made a great impact in Butler County.