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The Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau® proudly presented this year’s Ag Service Award toJim Missavage. Jim was born in Monmouth in 1952, one of 10 children and twin to sister, Jane.He graduated from Yorkwood High School in 1970 and went to Carl Sandburg for 1 year beforehe started to farm near Kirkwood in the fall of 1971. That next April, he married his wife Martha,meaning they just celebrated their 50th anniversary this spring. Jim & Martha are parents toMolly, Melissa, and Brandon, and have three grandchildren: Drew, Mallory, and Avery.
Involved in agriculture from a young age, Jim enjoyed a career as a Pioneer seedrepresentative for over 42 years, operating Missavage Seed. He served the Monmouth,Kirkwood, and Little York areas in seed sales, deliveries, and agronomy calls. When askedabout his favorite part of his career, he stated he enjoyed building relationships with areafarmers and becoming friends with many. Jim shared his motto he embraced his whole career:W.I.T. (Whatever It Takes), a sign he still has on his desk.
Being a part of the agriculture industry for over half a century has no doubt left Jim withcountless memories and stories. When asked to share a memorable one, he mentioned: “I hada great friend that had a 5-bypass surgery and I organized a harvest for their operation. I was inawe of the local outpouring of help. I had to turn people away. We harvested their whole crop inone day. Amazing how farmers come together when needed.”
In addition to staying busy building relationships with farmers and running a farm, Jim andMartha helped with the United School District cookie program for many years.The Missavageswere also a drop spot for Warren County Girl Scouts cookies for 15 years.
Outside of agriculture, Jim loves spending time with Martha and their kids; he also has alove for woodworking and enjoys a little fishing. Now that they have more time (though Jim isstill farming in the Kirkwood area), Jim & Martha are also finally starting to travel.
Jim is a solid example of someone who spent the great majority of his life working with areafarmers, figured out the best way to put up with area farmers, and built a successful and reliablebusiness with Pioneer. We are honored to present this year’s Ag Service Award to JimMissavage.
The Ag Service Award is an annual award Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau® started givingout in 1992. It is awarded to an individual who has been a great supporter of agriculture andgiven unselfishly to help others in the agricultural field. Past recipients of this award include CurtEisenmayer, Jim McCurdy, John Allaman, Ernest Robinson, Evelyn Shimmin, Herb Allen,Pauline Winbigler, Russell & Maxine Stewart, Wendell Shauman, Hugh Winbigler, Larry Dowell,Leon Martin, Ray Defenbaugh, Tom Peterson, Ken Nimrick, Jim & Cecil Lovdahl, Russ Mason,the Twomey Family, Ron & Deb Moore, Ron Blotna, Don & Carole Earp, Vanessa Wetterling,Mark Phillipson, Carol Ricketts, Rob Elliott, Don McIntyre, and Lynn Shimmin.
***Courtesy of the Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau***