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2017 State Fair Farm Family for Nodaway County

Frank and Heather Hoepker and family of Maryville were among the families honored during the annual Missouri Farm Family Day, Aug. 14 at the Missouri State Fair.

The Hoepker family was selected as the Nodaway County Missouri Farm Family by the Nodaway County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau. The family includes Tyler, August and Carson.

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.

The Hoepker family operates a 240-acre cattle and horse farm.  The Hoepker family also works closely as partners in the Clarinda Livestock Auction.  Along with farming, Frank and Heather work at Clarinda Livestock Auction.  Frank manages day to day operations and Heather helps on sale days.  Frank is also an auctioneer and holds consignment auctions.  Frank and Heather’s three sons are also very involved in the farm and agriculture.  Tyler is working as the barn manager at Clarinda Livestock Auction.  August is a freshmen at Kansas State and is studying Agriculture Business.  Carson just started his freshman year at North Nodaway High School and plays baseball.  The family has been active in 4-H, FFA, and the Nodaway County Cattleman’s Association.  Tyler, August and Carson enjoy riding horses and are active team ropers.  Heather serves on the Nodaway County 4-H/FFA Livestock Show Committee as a show superintendent. 

The annual event is sponsored by five partner agencies: the 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.

One hundred twelve of Missouri’s 114 counties were represented this year, with two counties still dealing with the aftermath of the recent flooding in southern Missouri.

The event showcases the impact Missouri Farm Families have on the economy and heritage of the state. “These families are involved in agriculture activities in their communities, and are active participants in local outreach and extension,” said Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe. “As the showcase for Missouri agriculture, the Missouri State Fair is most certainly the appropriate place to celebrate these families.”

2018 Century Farms - applications are available

COLUMBIA, Mo. – If your farm has been in your family since Dec. 31, 1917, you can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm.

To qualify, farms must meet the following guidelines. The same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years. The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings, and nephews or nieces, including through marriage or adoption. The farm must be at least 40 acres of the original land acquisition and make a financial contribution to the overall farm income.

University of Missouri Vice Chancellor for Extension and Engagement Marshall Stewart said, “Family farms have been among our most vital partners since the founding of extension more than 100 years ago. The century farm program is one way we express our gratitude to those who have contributed so much to Missouri agriculture.”

In 2008, the Missouri Farm Bureau joined MU Extension and the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources as a program sponsor.

“Missouri Farm Bureau is a proud partner in the recognition of century farms,” said Blake Hurst, president. “We applaud the hard-working farm families that have kept us fed and clothed for generations. They represent an important part of our heritage and laid a foundation for the bounty Americans enjoy every day.”

Applicants certified as owners of a 2018 Missouri Century Farm will be recognized by the MU Extension center in the county where the farm is located. Applicants are presented with a sign and a certificate.

Since Missouri began the program in 1976, more than 8,000 century farms have been recognized.

For application forms and information, call Extension Publications toll-free at 1-800-292-0969, contact your local MU Extension center, or visit the program website at

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