Annual Frontier Extension awards recognize dedication of local volunteers

Peggy and Gary DeForeest, Frontier Extension District Appreciation Award winners of Osage County. Courtesy photo.

The Frontier Extension District gives awards annually to show appreciation to persons in Franklin, Anderson, and Osage counties who have made important contributions to the district’s programs. The 2019 Frontier Extension District Appreciation Awards were presented in November at the district’s annual board dinner, at Princeton, Kan.

Recognized as the 2019 Frontier Extension District Appreciation Award winners of Osage County were Peggy and Gary DeForeest, of rural Scranton.

In 1986, Peggy began working as the office professional in the Osage County Extension Office. She became a district office professional when the Frontier Extension District was created in 2010, and she specialized as the district’s bookkeeper.

As the first impression of the local Extension, Peggy was always quick to welcome everyone who called or entered the office in Lyndon with a friendly greeting. Customers soon found that she was very knowledgeable and would go the extra mile to help respond to their needs. Peggy was a jack of all trades and master of them all. Her strengths included her initiative and creativity, ability to problem solve, her attention to customer requests, and willingness to try something new. She always supported 4-Hers and over her career worked with nearly 100 fairs in Osage County.

Peggy retired in June 2018, having served 32 years as an office professional with Osage County and the Frontier Extension District.

Gary was always there to support Extension in many ways. As an industrial arts teacher and gifted carpenter, he used his skills to build several shelving units and publication racks for the local offices, and frequently judged woodworking and electricity at local fairs. He always donated his judging fee back to the 4-Hers. Gary is currently a registered 4-H volunteer and a 4-H woodworking project leader for the Lyndon Leaders 4-H Club. Through his leadership, the woodworking project continues to grow, and the woodworking projects that the 4-Hers complete are remarkable.


For Anderson County, Brummel Farm Service Inc. was named as the 2019 Frontier Extension District Appreciation Award winner

Brummel Farm Service has been a leader in the ag community in Anderson County for decades. Bertilla Brummel worked for the Seymour Hatchery as an egg candler and in the business office in the 1930s and 1940s. When the Seymour family wanted to sell, Bertilla, a young single woman, decided to buy the business in 1955. Soon the chicken and egg industry changed, and the business grew to include more farm animal feeds and custom grinding, as well as farm chemicals and fertilizers. Bertilla’s son, Norman “Dutch” Brummel, joined the business after serving in the Army in the Korean War.

In the 1970s, Dutch’s first born, Roger, worked in the family business during his high school years, and after returning from college. After their children were all in school, Dutch’s wife Dixie came to join her mother-in-law, Bertilla, in the business office. In 1977, the business formed a corporation known as Brummel Farm Service Inc. Bertilla remained active in the business into her late 70s. When her son, Dutch, died in 1995, Roger stepped in to fill his father’s shoes as manager.

Today, Brummel Farm Service remains a steadfast and philanthropic member of the community. They have been significant sponsors of the Anderson County Fair and 4-H premium sale, having purchased more than 150 head of animals. They also sponsor other 4-H and Extension activities, including meals for events. Roger can frequently be seen behind the grill, cooking and serving up the food.

The Brummel family business is more than just a place to get feed and supplies for the farm. They take an interest in their customers, especially 4-Hers, in helping them select the best feed and supplements for their projects. They are dedicated to the agriculture industry and look forward to keeping involved with the ever changing ag landscape in the future.

Receiving the award for Brummel Farm Service, were Roger and Donna Brummel, Dixie Brummel, and Robin Brummel Lutz.


Dave and Lisa Rossman were named 2019 Frontier Extension District Appreciation Award winners for Franklin County, reflecting their dedication to 4-H since their involvement as 4-H members.

Dave and Lisa Rossman

Lisa grew up in 4-H and was a member of the Lucky 13 4-H Club in Anderson County. Some of her projects were sewing, foods and nutrition, gardening, and swine. Dave was a member of the Berea Busters 4-H Club in Franklin County. His projects included swine and forestry. For his forestry project, Dave planted and maintained a windbreak at his parent’s farm, which is still there.

The Rossmans have two children, Erin and Seth, who were active members of the Rowdy Wranglers 4-H Club in Franklin County. Both were part of the CWF program and were Key Award recipients.

Lisa spent the past 20 years serving as a 4-H community club leader, club advisory board member, and is currently a 4-H PDC member for the Frontier Extension District. She has served as a fair superintendent for clothing, and is a great help to many 4-H members with their projects. She is excited to be helping a young 4-H member this coming year with her sewing project.

Dave was on the Franklin County Fair Board for many years. He also served as a member of the Franklin County Extension Council and was chairman from 2006-2007. Dave was the Rowdy Wranglers 4-H Club electricity leader and has judged electricity projects at the Richmond Fair. He has donated many hours of labor to remodel and rewire the concession stand at the Franklin County Fair, and has wired the new show area at the Richmond Fairgrounds.

Information and photos thanks to Frontier Extension District.

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