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Century Farm families recognized at annual celebration

Friday, November 13, 2015

FSA State Executive Director Mark Cadle was the keynote speaker at the Saline County Century Farm recognition and celebration at the Martin Community Center on Thursday, Nov. 12.(Michaela Leimkuehler/Democrat-News)
"Over the last 30 years, Saline County has recognized over 173 families with this honor," Presiding Saline County Commissioner Kile Guthrey said.

That honor is the distinction of becoming a Century Farm. The Saline County Commission, Saline County Farm Bureau and the University of Missouri Extension recognized eight families on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 12, at Martin Community Center, as inductees into the Saline County Century Farm program.

The celebration began with a musical ensemble by the Sweet Springs Music Boosters Choir.

"To become a century farm, the same family must own the farm for 100 consecutive years, and consist of no less than 40 acres of the original land, and shall make a financial contribution to the overall farm income," Guthrey announced in the opening credits before the families were called to be recognized.

Saline County Commissioners Kile Guthrey, Monte Fenner and Charlie Guthrie announced the 2015 Saline County Century Farms. The new inductees are: Gerald Brown Family, Wayne and Rose Brown Family, Alan and Nancy Clements Family, Elson Family (2 farms), Henderson/Jackson Family, Martin and Ruby Kiehl Family, James Leslie and Annie Lee (Shannon) Tichenor Family, and David and Betty Windmeyer Family.

Aside from Century Farm families being recognized, Extension Council member Paul Crews and Extension Council Secretary Kathy Tyre awarded two recipients with the 2015 Extension Leader's Honor Roll. These awards are to honor outstanding University of Missouri Extension committee leaders who have excelled in supporting and co-teaching main programs.

"Rosemary Crank has been that one very special parent who has shouldered responsibility of not only having her own children in 4-H, but taking on the gigantic, thankless job of being club leader as well as project leader," Crews said as Crank accepted her award. Linda Rimmer was the second recipient of the highest leadership award given by the Extension Council.

"We are proud you are the voice of Extension and represent us well with every phone call or office visit or extension program. Thank you Linda for all you do for us, thank you again for your service and dedication to the University of Missouri Extension and Saline County programing," Crews said.

Crank and Rimmer were both presented with framed certificates.

The State Fair Farm Family, the Murphys; Brent, DeEtta, Cole and Ty as well as, the 2015 Extension Partner in Education Dysart Insurance Agency were also recognized in the evening's ceremony with framed certificates.

Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Mark Cadle was the keynote speaker. Cadle indicated that his passion was agriculture and his family.

"Farming has never been a job," Cadle began. "My dad taught me a long time ago that I should 'work a little, farm a lot'. I've put in a lot of long hours on the farm. It's never really seemed like a job. I can truthfully say, I've had the chance to 'work a little, farm a lot.'"

Following Cadle's speech, the Saline County Farm Service Agency Executive Director Jared Singer invited the families to the 2016 Women in Ag Conference on March 11. He also mentioned three deadlines to be mindful of: hay and pasture need to be reported by Monday, Nov. 16, any fall seeded small grains need to be reported by Dec. 15 and there will be a CRP general sign up in December.

Commissioner Guthrie then invited all attendees to a cake and punch reception at the end of the night.

Please view the photo gallery of the event on our website.

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