Dave and Becky Wolf of Scranton will be recognized as one of 10 recipients of The Way We Live Award at the 2018 Iowa State Fair.
The family will be honored in an award ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 16, at 11:30 am on the Christensen Farm Stage in the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center.
The Way We Live Award recognizes Iowa families for their hard work and love of farming. Each family exemplifies a dedication to animal agriculture and strong farm values.
Each entrant was asked to submit a short essay describing how the occupation of farming and living on a farm has shaped their life. Ten families were chosen out of 40 entries from a variety of commodities and areas in Iowa.
Dave and Becky have been third generation grain and livestock farmers since 1981, beginning with a handful of sows and cows. Their children are actively involved with the farm, helping with lambing, calving, and harvest. The children and grandchildren Julie (Ross) Tuel, Christie (Mike) Pope, David (Megan Buman), Caiden Tuel, Breanna, Tyler and Cody Pope, and Jadon Wolf love anything related to raising sheep, especially feeding and showing. In his free time, Dave is a Greene County Fair sheep co-superintendent and a member of the Greene County Lamb Producers.
As a family, they enjoy mentoring 4-H members, encouraging and teaching them to care and show lambs. For more than 30 years, their entire family of 13 hasn’t missed the Iowa Club Lamb Association breeding sheep show and sale during the Iowa State Fair. They believe raising their family on the farm has resulted in young adults who learned from an early age that honest, hard work can lead to success, in whatever you pursue.
The Way We Live Award is sponsored by DuPont Pioneer, Iowa Farmer Today and the WHO Big Show. The award started in 2009 has recognized 62 outstanding Iowa farm families so far.
Each award winning family receives a prize package of $250, complimentary admission tickets, free parking, various coupons and recognition in the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center during the Fair.