Reynolds County Residents Chosen As State Farm Family

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.”

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