Farm Family 2019

The Dent County Farm Family at the Missouri State Fair was the Howard Family of Salem, from left, front row, Dustin, Kash, Josie and Dru. Also pictured are Missouri State Fair commissioners Lowell Mohler and Ted E. Sheppard; Christine Chinn, director, Missouri Department of Agriculture; Christopher Daubert, MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; Nikki Cunningham, Missouri State Fair commissioner; Blake Hurst, President, Missouri Farm Bureau; and Marshall Stewart, vice chancellor for MU Extension & Engagement and chief engagement officer, UM System.

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Howards chosen as Missouri Farm Family for Dent County

Dustin and Drusilla Howard and family of Salem were among the families honored during the 61st annual Farm Family Day Aug. 12 at the Missouri State Fair.

The Howard family was selected as the Dent County Farm Family by University of Missouri Extension in Dent County and the local Farm Bureau. The Howard children, Kash and Josie, are active in Dent County 4-H.

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.

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.”