Extension celebrates Century Farms, farm families, 4-H members
Farm families, 4-H youth and Extension staff recognized for contributions
The University of Missouri Extension recently held its annual picnic to recognize Century Farm families, along with other farm families, 4-H youth and Extension staff.
During the event, which took place at Rocky Edmondson Park in Cassville and included fried chicken, a smorgasbord of home made covered dishes, dessert and tea, 4-H members shared a presentation detailing their annual and summer activities and their experiences, and the Extension introduced Marissa Tucker, the agency's new 4-H Youth Program Assistant. It also recognized Jimmy and Talana Hinson, who were recently selected as Barry County, Missouri Farm Family by the Barry County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau.
"We honor those recipients of the Century Farm award and recognize the fact they've been able to maintain their farms in the same family for 100 years or more," said Reagan Bluel, regional dairy specialist with the Missouri University Extension for Barry County, who facilitated at the event. "That's just very impressive."
The Stumpff family, who were not present, were also recognized for their Century Farm.
Deanna Burch, of Shoal Creek Farm of Exeter, was recognized for her 140-year-old family farm, which was originally purchased in 1875 by her great-great grandfather, James D. Wooten.
"He was a prominent businessman as well as a farmer," Burch said. "He owned the first hardware store in Exeter, taught school for four years, and served as sheriff and assessor for Barry County. Burch was raised in Cassville but now lives in Springfield. Her brother, Larry Henbest now manages the 310-acre farm, which grows corn and soy beans and grazes cattle.
"He has done a great job of keeping things going for me," she said.
Burch said she got serious about finding documentation to prove the farm had been in her family for over 100 years and applied for the recognition with the Extension this spring.
"Basically, they just need to verify the family has owned the farm for 100 years," she said. "To me, it's very interesting. J.D., as they called him, was born and raised in Tennessee, and came to Barry County as a young man. Just the details of how did he come here, and [he bought that much] land back then, was really interesting.
"When my grandparents passed away, my mom and dad took over, and I inherited the farm from them. I have pictures of J.D. and his children so it's pretty interesting."
Bluel said Jimmy Hinson and family, who were recognized at the state fair, have been strong supporters of the Extension through adult education programming through the FFA.
"They went to the state fair to represent Barry County as a State Fair Farm family," Bluel said. "Each year, the Farm Bureau and Extension work together to honor our farm families across the state. It's a collaborative effort with Farm Bureau. This is also the first year that every county had a participant present."
The Extension said it is currently seeking county council members and invites anyone who may be interested to contact them.
"Council members attend monthly meetings, but their biggest job is to determine the educational events that occur in the county," Bluel said. "They are your first line of Extension out in the community. We rely on them to tell us what Barry Countians would like to know from the university."
For more information on becoming a council member, or any other information about the Extension and its programs, people may call the local Barry County office at 417-847-3161.