2018 Cooper County Missouri State Fair Farm Family

The Eric and Cindy Imhoff family of Blackwater were among the families honored during the 60th Annual Missouri Farm Family Day, August 13 at the Missouri State Fair.

The Imhoff family was selected as the Cooper County’s Farm Family by the Cooper County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau. The family includes their children Haley and Clayton.

Each year, the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the state who are active in their communities, involved in agriculture and/or who participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H or FFA. In the urban areas we recognize greenhouse operations, mum pumpkin farms that are a part of Ag Tourism, and Urban gardening that offsets food deserts.

The annual event is a partnership of Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri State Fair and Commissioners, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and University of Missouri Extension and Engagement.

All 114 of Missouri’s counties nominated families this year, plus the City of St. Louis, with nearly 500 family members being honored from across the state.

Also in the pictured behind the family are: (left to right):  Missouri State Fair Commissioners: Kevin Roberts, Sherry Jones and Jack Magruder; Blake Naughton, Assoc. Vice Chancellor for MU Extension and Engagement; Rob Kallenbach, Asst. Dean - MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; Todd Hays, Missouri Farm Bureau Board of Director’s Vice President; Mark Wolfe, Missouri State Fair Director;and Garrett Hawkins, Deputy Director Missouri Department of Agriculture.