Barry County Missouri Farm Family chosen

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
The 2019 Barry County Missouri Farm Family is the Duane and Colleen Kaiser family, of Monett. Front row, from left: Duane Kaiser and Colleen Kaiser. Back rows: Marshall Stewart, vice chancellor for MU Extension and engagement, and chief engagement officer, UM System; Blake Hurst, president, Missouri Farm Bureau; Nikki Cunningham, Missouri State Fair Commissioner; Christopher Daubert, vc and dean, MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; Christine Chinn, director, Missouri Department of Agriculture; Ted E. Sheppard, Missouri State Fair Commissioner; and Lowell Mohler, seated, Missouri State Fair Commissioner. Contributed photo

Duane and Colleen Kaiser and family, of Monett, were among the families honored during the 61st annual Farm Family Day on Aug. 12 at the Missouri State Fair.

The Kaiser family was selected as the Barry County Farm Family by University of Missouri Extension in Barry County and the local Farm Bureau. The family includes son James Kaiser and daughters Stephanie Kaiser and Angie Wagner.

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.

The Kaiser family operates a dairy and beef farming operation. The family is involved with the community, and all three children were active in 4-H and FFA and enjoy showing cattle.

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.

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.”