Bowlings named LawCo farm family at state fair

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Mt. Vernon family seen as standouts promoting ag

The Danny and Stephanie Bowling family of Mt. Vernon was honored at the Missouri State Fair at the 60th annual Missouri Farm Family Day.

The Bowling family was selected as the Lawrence County’s Farm Family by the Lawrence County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau. The family includes daughter Taylor.

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 Bowling family operates a beef cow-calf operation. They utilize both owned and leased pastures.

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.

“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.”