Unionville man to receive Agriculture Educator Lifetime Achievement Award

Missouri livestock symposium

A University of Missouri Extension Farm Management Specialist from Unionville will receive the Agriculture Educator Lifetime Achievement Award from the Missouri Livestock Symposium.

Joe Koenen will receive the award during the Symposium in Kirksville in December.

The Symposium presents the award yearly to an agriculture educator who has made a significant contribution to the agriculture industry in northeast Missouri through their educational efforts.

Koenen began his career with Missouri Extension in 1979 and has been headquartered in Unionville since 1980. He started writing “Joe’s Bits and Pieces” weekly in 1981 and has come to be known as a “fence law expert.” He started the “Serving on Public Boards” program in 1993 and became an “Ask an Expert” for Extension in 2012.

Koenen has also been involved with the Unionville Feeder Calf Sale from 1980 to 1993; the Putnam County Fair for 38 years; assisting Harrison, Mercer, and Putnam County farmers and lenders during the Farm Crisis in the 1980s; and providing programs on agriculture business.