Cooper County

Farm Family

Each year MU Extension in Cooper County and the Cooper County Farm Bureau selects a local farm family as the Farm Family of the Year to represent Cooper County at the Missouri State Fair.

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.

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    2019 Cooper County Farm Family

    Schrader family

    The Lee and Angie Schrader family of Wooldridge were among the families honored during the 61st annual Farm Family Day, Aug. 12 at the Missouri State Fair.

    The Schrader family was selected as the Cooper County Farm Family by University of Missouri Extension in Cooper County and the local Farm Bureau. The family includes their daughters Rose and Mabel and Lee's father Ray.  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.

    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.”

    Included in the picture are:  Front row: (left to right) Ray, Angie and Lee;  Middle row: (left to right) Mabel and Rose.  Back row: (left to right): Kevin Roberts, Chairman, Missouri State Fair Commissioners; Rob Kallenbach, Int. Assoc. Dean, Agriculture and Environmental Extension & Director, Commercial Ag; Todd Hays, Vice President, Missouri Farm Bureau; Blake Naughton, Associate Vice Chancellor for MU Extension & Engagement; Mark Wolfe, Director, Missouri State Fair; Chris Klenklen, Deputy Director, Missouri Department of Agriculture; and Miss Chloe Momphard, Missouri State Fair Queen 2019 (Seated)

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    2018 Cooper County Farm Family

    Imhoff family

    The Eric and Cindy Imhoff family of Blackwater were among the families honored during the 60th Annual Missouri Farm Family Day, August 13 at the Missouri State Fair.

    The Imhoff family was selected as the Cooper County’s Farm Family by the Cooper County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau. The family includes their children Haley and Clayton.

    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 who participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H or FFA. In the urban areas we recognize greenhouse operations, mum pumpkin farms that are a part of Ag Tourism, and Urban gardening that offsets food deserts.

    The annual event is a partnership of 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 and Engagement.

    All 114 of Missouri’s counties nominated families this year, plus the City of St. Louis, with nearly 500 family members being honored from across the state.

    Also in the pictured behind the family are: (left to right):  Missouri State Fair Commissioners: Kevin Roberts, Sherry Jones and Jack Magruder; Blake Naughton, Assoc. Vice Chancellor for MU Extension and Engagement; Rob Kallenbach, Asst. Dean - MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; Todd Hays, Missouri Farm Bureau Board of Director’s Vice President; Mark Wolfe, Missouri State Fair Director;and Garrett Hawkins, Deputy Director Missouri Department of Agriculture.