Maui County Farm Bureau’s ‘Family of the Year’ goes to Monsanto Ohana

Monsanto Hawaii’s David Stoltzfus and family have been named the 2015 “Family of the Year” by the Maui County Farm Bureau (MCFB).

Stoltzfus moved to Hawaii from Iowa with his wife Rhonda and their three children in 2008, and became the Maui Lead for Monsanto Hawai'i in 2011. Raised on a family farm in Iowa, David earned degrees in agronomy, plant breeding and business management. His wife Rhonda has her degree in horticulture and is now involved with the American Farm Bureau Grassroots Advocacy Team. On her blog “Iowa Meets Maui,” she writes about agriculture and their three children: Emma, 16; Morgan, 14; and Simon, 11.

"It's great to be part of the Hawaiʻi ag community, including not only the farmers but the many other people who support them and are working together for the benefit of all types and sizes of agriculture in Hawaiʻi - from turf and flowers to fruit and vegetables, livestock, plant breeding and ag research, the ag suppliers, big farms, small farms, and everything in between,” Stoltzfus said. “The members of the Maui County Farm Bureau are so dedicated and passionate about ag, it's a pleasure and honor to be a part of such a hard-working community."

Also honored by the Maui County Farm Bureau were Paula Hegele as ‘Member of the Year,’ Dr. Harold Keyser as ‘Friend of Agriculture,’ and Saedene Ota, recipient of this year’s ‘Mike Lyons Award.’

Within the island’s agriculture community, Maui County Farm Bureau plays a critical role in addressing the legislative and public relations issues that affect its members.

“Our members understand and believe in the inherent value of farming, both as it enriches our community and gives our island even greater appeal for visitors,” said MCFB Executive Director Warren Watanabe. “These awards are important because they recognize our farm families and their efforts to further and strengthen a healthy and viable agricultural industry in Maui County.”

Congratulations to all!