One of the main reasons for the Farm Forum is to honor individuals that have made a contribution to the agriculture sector of our county. The 2013 Farm Family of the Year is Neal and Clare Galle, of rural Moundridge.
Neal was born in Gossel and was raised on the farm he and Clare live on now. He graduated from Moundridge, and then obtained a degree in Feed Science and Management from Kansas State University.
Following graduation, he returned home and began to farm.
Clare was raised in the Kansas City Area. She had a passion for competitive swimming and attended McPherson College following high school graduation. She obtained her B.S. in elementary education with a minor in home economics and later obtained her master’s in special education. She has taught in the community for 28 years.
Neal and Clare have been married for 37 years and have farmed together all those years. They have a rich history of being active in our community. They have both been very active in their church leadership and Moundridge community, but Friday were recognized for their contribution in the agriculture sector within our community.
Neal and Clare became very involved in the local 4-H program along with their three children. They were community leaders for the Better Farms 4-H club for more than 10 years, and were involved as project leaders for more than 20 years.
In fact, Neal is still the 4-H Fair Swine Superintendent and assists many youth with their livestock projects.
Both Neal and Clare have been involved in the local Extension program. Neal served on the Extension Council Board, and helped hire several Extension positions. Clare was very active in the local EHU group called the Kettle Queens and served as their secretary, treasurer and president.
Neal is probably best recognized for his long tradition of hosting one of the Extension County Wheat Plots. He has hosted a plot for 32 years. More than 100 producers annually attend the tour stop at the Galle site.
He also has willingly hosted other Extension plots when asked, and their farm was even a site for a Farm Bureau Century Farm Video. He is active in the Extension No-Till Discussion Group and both Neal and Clare are sponsors of the Ag in the Classroom program.
K-State Research and Extension honor Neal and Clare for their involvement and leadership they have given to the community.