Farm Bureau honors Morrice with Service to Ag award
LE MARS — Plymouth County Farm Bureau presented its Service to Agriculture Award at its annual meeting Sept. 6, at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds.
Farm Bureau Secretary/Treasurer, Tyler Meyer presented the award to Dennis Morrice, former news director at KLEM Radio in Le Mars.
“He has a long history of serving agriculture and has had important roles within Plymouth County,” Meyer said.
In his presentation, Meyer said, “Dennis was raised on a farm in Northwest Iowa, and this is where he developed a passion for agriculture. He has worked for radio stations throughout the Midwest and always showed the importance of agriculture to the area.
“While working at KLEM, Dennis was a member of the Le Mars Chamber Ag Committee where he helped coordinate ‘Around the Farm in the Barn’ agriculture education exhibits in the round barn during the Plymouth County Fair,” he said.
“He now works for WNAX and continues to share information on agriculture to the area. Congratulations on all you do to support agriculture on this deserving award,” Meyer concluded.
Morrice said he was surprised to receive the award, although he did know he was to receive an award that evening.
“Was I surprised? Yeah, I really was, and much like the honor that the fair board gave me in their Hall of Fame, I am honored and humbled to be receiving the award. But I was surprised, I guess. I always think there are other people who would qualify or be better candidates and recipients,” Morrice said.
During his time in Le Mars and Plymouth County, Morrice put himself in touch with the agriculture community, broadcasting stories about the agriculture situation in the county and its importance.
“I’m glad the Plymouth County Farm Bureau was recognizing my passion for agriculture and I know a lot of that goes back to the Round Barn and ag education project that is on display at the fair,” he said.
While his position as news director at KLEM meant he covered a wide range of stories and events, he tried to keep up with agriculture.
“But to focus on it excessively wasn’t in the job parameters like I have the opportunity to do now at WNAX,” he said.
“Nevertheless, I’m very appreciative of being recognized, and thankful for the Plymouth County Farm Bureau, and in general just appreciative of everybody that I must have made a positive impression on or put on my passion for agriculture, of what we want to do and emphasize the benefits of agriculture and to tell agriculture’s story,” he said.
Morrice pointed out how Plymouth County is in the heart of agriculture, ranking in the top 100 counties in the nation for agricultural production. “Only our neighbors to the north, Sioux County, out-beat us,” he said.
Even with that ranking, Morrice said he is aware that many people in the area may not have a great connection to agriculture.
“They may take it for granted, maybe they don’t know everything they should about agriculture, but we are in a rich agriculture community and I just feel people need to be aware of that and appreciative of that and to know that ag is all-around them,” he said.
He pointed to the many people who work for Wells Enterprises, Inc., Kemp’s DFA and even BoDeans.
“They may not really think about their employment with those three as being an agriculture industry, but it certainly is. Without agriculture, they wouldn’t be here,” he said.
He hopes people take the time to step back and look at the economic value agriculture plays in Plymouth County.
He paused in his thoughts, and then added, “I guess it’s always nice when other people recognize your work and they appreciate your work with an award.”