Nodaway County Agriculture Awards

2017 Nodaway County State Fair Farm Family                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


Front Row (left to right): Frank, Heather, Carson and August.

 Also in the picture with the family are (left to right): 

Mark Wolfe- Missouri State Fair Director; Sherry Jones- Missouri State Fair  Commissioner; Garrett Hawkins-Deputy Director, Missouri Department of  Agriculture: Barbara Hayden-Missouri State Fair Commissioner; Marshall Stewart-Vice Chancellor for MU Extension and Engagement; Lowell Mohler-Missouri State Fair Commissioner; Christopher Daubert-Vice Chancellor Dean of MU CAFNR; Blake Hurst-President of Missouri Farm Bureau

Frank and Heather Hoepker and family of Maryville were among the families honored during the 59th annual Missouri Farm Family Day, Aug. 14 at the Missouri State Fair.

The Hoepker family was seleted as the Nodaway County Farm Familiy 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/o 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.”