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Missouri State Fair Farm Family

The Collard family (front row left to right) Doug, Wyatt, Morgan and Joy were honored as the 2018 State Fair Farm Family.

Also in the photo with the family are (left to right): Marshall Stewart, Vice Chancellor for MU Extension and Engagement; Blake Hurst, President of Missouri Farm Bureau; State Fair Queen 2018 Samantha Nelson; State Fair Commissioners, Nikki Whitehead and Ted Sheppard; Christine Chin, Director of Missouri Dept. of Agriculture; and Christopher Daubert, Dean of MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

This year, all 114 Missouri counties plus the City of St. Louis participated, honoring nearly 490 people from 115 farm families.

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 participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H or FFA. Families are selected by their county’s extension council and the local Farm Bureau.

The event is sponsored by five partner agencies: the Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri State Fair and Commissioners, the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and MU Extension.

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