Hudson family chosen as State Fair Farm Family for Barry County

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
David and Tracy Hudson and sons Timothy and Lucas, were recently selected as the State Fair Farm Family for Barry County by the Barry County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau. The family was recognized for being active in their community, involved in agriculture, and their participation in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H or FFA. David and Tracy serve on the Barry County Extension Council. Pictured in photo, in front row, from left, are: Garrett Hawkins, deputy director, Missouri Department of Agriculture; Tracy Hudson, David Hudson, and sons Lucas and Timothy. Back row: Marshall Stewart, vice chancellor for MU Extension and Engagement; Mark Wolfe, Missouri State Fair director; Sherry Jones, Missouri State Fair commissioner; Lowell Mohler, Missouri State Fair commissioner; Barbara Hayden, Missouri State Fair commissioner; Christopher Daubert, vice chancellor and dean of MU CAFNR; and Blake Hurst, president, Missouri Farm Bureau. Contributed photo

David and Tracy Hudson and family, of Aurora, were among the families honored during the 59th annual Missouri Farm Family Day, Aug. 14, at the Missouri State Fair.

The Hudson family was selected as the Barry County Missouri Farm Family by the Barry County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau. The family includes David, Tracy and their sons, Timothy and Lucas Hudson.

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/or participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H or FFA. David and Tracy both serve on the Barry County Extension Council. 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 and 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.”