GREENFIELD — Deb Hall was honored at the 2013 Adair County Fair as Adair County’s inductee into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame.
Hall began her career as a member of the Blaine Shamrocks (girls’ club) and the Blaine Elks (boys’ club) in Ida County. Her involvement has spanned a lifetime as a member, 4-H parent, employee, mentor, personal friend and co-worker. Her career includes working in Cass and Adams County Extension offices, serving ISU Extension as agriculture associate, southwest Iowa area youth field specialist, state youth development specialist and state youth 4-H development specialist and curriculum director at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She began her work as Adair County Extension education director in 1993 and continued through her retirement in 2012.
Hall worked with livestock exhibitors at county fairs, both the Nebraska and Iowa State Fair and Ak-Sar-Ben. She helped develop the total quality management program, which is a national program for animal care and partnered with her husband Rich to develop the Speak Out for Agriculture (SOFA) program, which has introduced youths to careers in agriculture for the past 19 years.
Hall did communication projects as a 4-H’er, advancing to the state fair with many presentations.
She exhibited purebred Angus cattle at the Iowa State Fair, Ida County Fair, Ak-Sar-Ben, Odebolt Community Fair and Clay County Fair. She also participated in the horse project showing her horse Mike.
Hall also participated in the sheep project area and won grand champion market lamb honors.
Hall was known for her showmanship skills. She won the state livestock judging contest the first year she was eligible to compete and set a state record for scoring that remained in the record book for many years.
Hall attended 4-H camps and winter camps, state 4-H conference and served on her county council. She was the first female to win the Iowa FFA creed speaking contest. Her 4-H experience helped her in obtaining the honors of Miss Iowa Angus and Miss American Angus, later becoming a certified Angus judge.
Joining her to accept her award were her husband Rich, daughter Jane and Jane’s husband John Chaillie, along with Hall’s grandchildren Anna and Pace Chaillie. Hall will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Iowa State Fair in August.