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Evans Family chosen as Missouri State Fair Farm Family for Ozark County

Gainesville, Mo. - Each year, the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the state that are active in their communities, involved in agriculture, and/or participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H or FFA. This year, Darin, Teresa, Jalen (17), Camden (14) and Haden (9) Evans of Gainesville were among the families honored during the 61st annual Farm Family Day held Aug. 12 at the Missouri State Fair. The Evans family was selected as the Ozark County Farm Family by University of Missouri Extension in Ozark County and the local Farm Bureau. The support of these local sponsors - Century Bank Gainesville, Ozark County Farm Bureau, Foster Feed, Morrison Fertilizer, Stockmen’s Savings Bank, Theodosia Hardware, Wallace Insurance Agency, WMC Cattle Company and Turkey Creek Ranch made it possible for the whole family to make the trip up to Sedalia and enjoy the fair.
Darin is a Road Grader Operator for the Ozark County Road and Bridge Department. He also owns and operates a spreader truck, and spreads fertilizer and lime for local farmers. Teresa is a Registered Nurse at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Arkansas. The Evans family own and operate a 65 head beef cow/calf farm on 300 acres that has been passed down from Darin’s parents. Darin and Teresa have attended the Management-Intensive Grazing School and participate in programs offered by the Ozark County Soil and Water Conservation District. Their oldest son, Jalen is heavily involved in feeding and working cattle and was previously involved in FFA. Camden plans to be actively involved with FFA in the upcoming year. Haden helps Camden with bottle feeding calves when needed, and is the official "gate opener."
The annual event is sponsored by five partner agencies: the Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri State Fair Commissioners, the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and MU Extension and Engagement. This year, all 114 Missouri counties plus the City of St. Louis participated, honoring nearly 500 people from the 115 farm families.
The event showcases the impact Missouri Farm Families have on the economy and heritage of the state, said Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe. “These families are involved in agriculture activities in their communities and are active participants in local outreach and extension. As the premier showcase for Missouri agriculture, the Missouri State Fair is most certainly the appropriate place to celebrate these families.”
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