Master Farm Homemaker

Friday, September 23, 2011

Donna Amundson Named Iowa Master Farm Homemaker URBANDALE - Donna Amundson of Larrabee has been named an Iowa Master Farm Homemaker by Wallaces Farmer magazine. She joins three other farm homemakers who were recognized during ceremonies in Des Moines on September 9. The other recipients are Mary Lou Bradley, Dubuque; Ruth Schafbuch, Dysart; and Mary Woudstra, Hospers. Wallaces Farmer has been a sponsor of the Iowa Master Farm Homemaker Award since 1940. The honor recognizes these women for their fine work with their families, homes and community service. Since the program was started in 1928, the Iowa chapter has had a total of 328 members and four honorary members and belongs to a national organization made up of award winners from many states. Iowa MFH award recipients have a lot to be proud of. Donna and Bruce Amundson are true family farmers, keeping busy feeding out 6,000 hogs annually and also growing corn and soybeans on their Century Farm near Larrabee. Donna works side-by-side with Bruce, sorting hogs, loading hogs and giving vaccinations. She helps prepare ground for planting. During harvest she drives the combine or tractor pulling a grain cart. After harvest, Donna can be found driving a tractor applying liquid manure and she also assists with the bookwork. Donna serves on the Cherokee County Extension Council and has been a 4-H club leader for almost 20 years. "Like many parents I became involved in 4-H because our kids were in it and volunteers were needed," says Donna ,who has twice been named Cherokee County 4-H Leader of the Year. In 2006, Bruce and Donna were named Master Pork Producers, and they are involved in Cherokee County Pork Producers, and have helped the National Pork Board promote pork across the United States. In addition to her work on the farm, Donna taught Sunday school at Memorial Presbyterian Church in Cherokee for 25 years, and she still leads crafts at the church's Vacation Bible School. Bruce and Donna also participate in the church's hand-bell choir and the couple have also led short mission trips with the church to work for Habitat for Humanity. Donna has served as a deacon in their church, and she is a newly elected Elder who has served on the church's Christian Education committee for many years. Donna also works at Cherokee Public Library several days a week. All three of the couple's children have earned college degrees and live in the area. Their daughter Christy is married to Derrick Alquist, and they and their son Tyler, 2, live in Meriden; daughter Colleen and her husband, Scot Ladenthin, have two daughters Alisa,14, and Emalie,11, who are Bruce and Donna's step-grandchildren; and Bruce and Donna's son Carl and his wife Jenessa both work at AgCo in Jackson, Minnesota.