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Fordland family receives Missouri Farm Family honor


Mark and Emma Alexander and family of Fordland were among the families honored during the 66th annual Missouri Farm Family Day on Aug. 14 at the Missouri State Fair.

The University of Missouri Extension in Webster County and the local Farm Bureau selected the Alexander family as the Webster County Missouri Farm Family. The family includes sons Lucas and Travis.

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.

The Alexander family operates a cattle, hog, and goat farm. Emma, a seventh-generation farmer, raises her boys to be very active on the farm and in 4-H, hoping they will become eighth-generation farm operators.

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;

MU Extension.

The event showcases the impact that 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.”

The Alexander family was also honored at the Webster County MU Extension Annual Picnic on Aug. 24. The event was held at North Park in Marshfield, and a meal was served by the extension council members.


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