2013 Century Farm FamiliesCarter Century Farm family

The Missouri Century Farm Program annually recognizes Missouri farms that are still productive and have been in the same family for 100 years or more. The 2013 additions to the Century Farm Program include two farms in Jasper County. Galen Carter and his wife Connie, Carthage, own 160 acres that have been in his family since 1905. The farm was originally owned by Mr. Carter’s great-grandfather, Orville Frost.

The other farm recognized is the Jones and Jackson Ranch, owned by Becky Watts, Carthage; Larry Jackson, Reeds; Kathy Braden, Crowley, Texas and Virginia Snodgrass, Webb City. Their farm includes 385 acres purchased in 1908 by their grandparents, Rama A. and Rebecca Jones.

For a current listing or to learn more about the Century Farm program, visit your local University of Missouri Extension office or go online to http://extension.missouri.edu/centuryfarm.Jones and Jackson Ranch Century Farm family

Missouri State Fair Farm Family recognized

State Fair Farm Family

Blake and Rachel Harper of Carthage were among the 108 families honored during the Missouri State Fair’s Farm Family Day on August 12.

The Harpers were selected as the Jasper County Missouri State Fair Farm Family by the Jasper County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau.  

Each year, the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the state who are active in their community, involved in agriculture and participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H and FFA.

The annual event was sponsored by the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri State Fair, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and University of Missouri Extension.

Shown in the picture behind the Harpers are (from left to right) Dr. Tom Payne, Vice Chancellor and Dean, University of Missouri, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; Blake Hurst, President, Missouri Farm Bureau; Lowell Mohler, Missouri State Fair Commission; Mark Wolfe, Director, Missouri State Fair; Dr. Jon Hagler, Director, Missouri Department of Agriculture; and Barbara Hayden, Missouri State Fair Commission. 

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Using Social Media in a Disaster

A unique publication that gives best practices and suggestions for using social media in a community following a disaster. Information and provided guidelines in this updated 30-page publication grew out of the first-hand experience of volunteers Rebecca and Genevieve Williams and MU Extension specialist David Burton had building a Facebook community following the Joplin (2011) tornado and the Branson (2012) tornado. The Use of Social Media for Disaster Recovery (PDF)