Nominations open for Greene County Farm Family of the Year
Since 1963, the Greene County Extension Council and Greene County Farm Bureau have worked together to select a local farm family to represent the county at the Missouri State Fair.
The honored families enjoy a fun-filled day at the Missouri State Fair followed by a recognition dinner sponsored by Missouri Farm Bureau. The Greene County Extension Council provides a stipend of $50 to cover the cost of fair admission and offset some travel costs.
This year’s Farm Family Day will be celebrated on Aug. 12 at the Missouri State Fair. This recognition event is jointly sponsored by Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri Department of Agriculture, Missouri State Fair, University of Missouri Extension, and the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.
“The Farm Family Day program is intended to honor the contributions of an individual farm family from each county in the state,” said David Burton, country program director for Greene County Extension. “All county extension councils select a farm family. We just do it a little differently in Greene County.”
Families can self-nominate, or neighbors can nominate an outstanding farm family that they know. However, several criteria must be mentioned in the nomination.
• Nominated farm families must be engaged in agriculture. (Give some examples.)
• Nominated families need to be active cooperators with University of Missouri Extension who use Extension assistance. (Give examples.)
• The family should be involved in or support youth organizations such as 4-H or FFA.
• Family must be willing to represent county at the 2013 Missouri State Fair.
Nomination letters should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and information must be received prior to April 19. The final selection of the 2013 farm family will be made by the Greene County Extension Council.
A complete list of Greene County State Fair Farm Families from 1963 to 2012 is available on the Greene County Extension website at http://extension.missouri.edu/greene. Farm families from other counties should contact the Extension office in the county they reside.