LEFT TO RIGHT: Missouri State Fair Commissioner Tom Sheppard, Missouri State Fair Commissioner Jack Magruder, 2017 Missouri State Fair Queen Miss Natalie Ayers, Missouri Farm Bureau Board of Director’s Vice President Todd Hays, Director, Missouri Department of Agriculture Christine Chinn, Assistant Dean MU CAFNR Rob Kallenbach, Associate Vice Chancellor for MU Extension and Engagement Blake Naughton. FRONT ROW: Jennifer Hackworth-Thompson, Madelyn Thompson, Isaac Thompson and Judge Ben Thompson.
ELLINGTON, Mo. – Judge Ben Thompson and Jennifer Hackworth-Thompson and family of Ellington were among the families honored during the 59th annual Missouri Farm family Day, August 14th, at the Missouri State Fair.
The Hackworth/Thompson family was selected as the Reynolds County Missouri Farm Family by the Reynolds County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau.
The family includes Dwayne and Sandra Hackworth, Michael and Terri Hackworth, their children, Tyler and Gretchen, and Ben and Jennifer Thompson, with their children, Isaac and Madelyn.
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 4H or FFA.
Dwayne Hackworth and the Hackworth/Thompson Family operate Hackworth Land and Cattle Co., a commercial Angus cow-calf operation in Reynolds, Wayne and Carter Counties. Judge Thompson is a former member of the University of Missouri Extension Council for Reynolds County.
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 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 of 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.”