2010-11-24 / Celebrations & Milestones

MSU Extension recognizes farming family

The Steuver Family. (Courtesy photo) The Steuver Family. (Courtesy photo) EAST LANSING, Mich. – Doris and Alfred Stuever, owners of Lynn Island Farms in Capac, Mich., were recognized for their active involvement with Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) with the organization’s Friend of Extension Award given during the annual Fall Extension Conference in October.

The couple has been involved with MSUE for more than half a century, when they enrolled with the Telfarm Accounting System 55 years ago. Additionally, they have been steadfast supporters of 4-H and consistent participants in field crop research.

“The Stuevers are a great example of family involvement,” said MSUE Director Tom Coon. “You literally cannot go to the east side of the state without meeting someone who knows the Stuevers. They are trend setters in the agricultural industry in Michigan.”

The Stuevers joined Telfarm in 1955. Telfarm is a system of farm financial recordkeeping available from MSU. It is an educational and service program designed to assist farmers with their farm financial records and decision making. The program has its roots with the MSU Farm Records program, which began in 1928 and evolved into a mail-in computer records program by the mid 1950s.

In 4-H, the Stuevers have served in many capacities. Doris Stuever has 42 years of experience as a 4-H volunteer serving as a role model and leader in many areas. Alfred Stuever was involved in the 4-H sheep and dairy project areas for 39 years. They are honorary lifetime members of the St. Clair County 4-H Leaders Council. Both have been willing participants in significant field crop programming.

“4-H and MSU Extension have been a major force in the lives of all eight of our children and several of our grandchildren,” Doris Stuever said. “We try to do our part to make sure those same opportunities are available to other families.”

The Stuever involvement with MSU Extension has also led members of their family to pursue careers in MSU Extension education: daughters Kathryn Stuever Foerster, senior program leader for professional development, and Beth Stuever, communications manager for Agriculture and Natural Resources Communications, and son-in-law Bob Battel (Sue), agriculture educator based in Huron County.

Sons Dale and Duane are continuing the farming tradition by growing sugar beets, corn, soybeans and alfalfa, and milking 160 cows, and with Dale serving as a member of the MSUE St. Clair/Lapeer County Agriculture Advisory Council.

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