Howard County Extension offers a local Farm Tour each year (usually in August) in different areas of the county. Featured farms and the focus for the tours are chosen by an extension council committee. At the end of the tour, the participating county residents meet for dinner at a location near the Farm Tour's location.
2015 Farm Tour
The 2015 Annual Howard County Farm Tour was a success with approximately 50 people in attendance to see and learn about an agriculture area in Howard County. The area chosen this year, was east of Fayette along Highway 124, Sandra Kubal, Middendorf Saddlebreds and Coyote Hills were all featured stops.
Participants learned about the wet lands reserve program (WRP) through the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), the Saddlebred horse industry and the foster child care program that Coyote Hills operates, so children get a second chance at life. The Howard County Cattlemen cooked hamburgers and hot dogs for the participants who brought side dishes to share with each other. Special guests included; Sam Stroupe, Howard County Presiding Commissioner, Tom Fuhrman, MU Extension Housing and Environmental Specialist, Jeremiah Terrell, MU Extension Human Development Specialist and Virgil Woolridge, MU Extension Family Financial Specialist. Each specialist talked about the programs they offer to the citizens of Howard County.
The MU Extension Council in Howard County and the office faculty and staff, along with cooperation with the 4-H program helped plan and serve the meal that was provided to participants who came from Howard and surrounding counties. Many positive remarks were made about the evening and how much participants learned about what was going on in their own backyards.
Previous Farm Tour information
1994-2013 Farm Tour Information (PDF)