Looking Back, March 3, 1983
Looking Back, March 3, 1983: Mike Goodwin wins award
Mike Goodwin, 30-year old Quincy Valley farmer, was named one of four National Outstanding Young Farmers at the 27th Award Congress in Souix Falls, S.D., Saturday night.
Goodwin was the state winner at Goldendale last year and competed with 40 other young farmers for the national title. He and his wife, Jonnnie, returned from Sioux Falls Sunday night. Tom and Camille Grebb and Dave Amlin, state Jaycee president, also were in Sioux Falls.
Goodwin said the four days event was filled with activities and he was impressed with the speakers. He singled out Congressman Tom Daschle (D-SD) and Charlie Plumb, former POW in Vietnam, as two of the best speakers he has heard. “They were as good or better than the Ten Outstanding Young Men of America we heard in Tulsa in January,” he said.
Goodwin also had an opportunity to talk with the other candidates at length and found this was another highlight of the trip. John Mommsen, one of the four winners, grows 489 acres of potatoes in Wisconsin and had visited Quincy a few years ago to observe potato packing operations. Mommsen farms 2,765 acres and has 14 center pivot circles using water from wells.