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The Abercrombie family is honored as Cedar County’s Missouri Farm Family. Henry Abercromie is in the foreground. Second row from left are Melaney and Jacob Abercrombie; third row, Kevin Roberts, Missouri State Fair Commissioners chair; Josh and Chelsea Abercrombie; and 2019 State Fair Queen Chloe Momphard; back, Rob Kallenbach, Agriculture and Environmental Extension interim associate dean and Commercial Ag director; Todd Hays, Missouri Farm Bureau vice-president; Blake Naughton, MU Extension and Engagement associate vice-chancellor; Mark Wolfe, Missouri State Fair director; and Chris Klenklen, Missouri Department of Agriculture deputy director.

Josh and Chelsea Abercrombie and family of Stockton were among the families honored during the 61st annual Farm Family Day, Monday, Aug. 12, at the Missouri State Fair.

The Abercrombie family — including children Henry, Melaney and Jacob — was selected as the Cedar County Farm Family by the University of Missouri Extension in Cedar County and the local Farm Bureau. The Abercrombies operate a registered Angus cattle operation with a focus on bull production.

“We are very honored to be selected as this year’s farm family and to represent Cedar County at the Missouri State Fair,” Chelsea Abercrombie said. “Farm families have long been the backbone of our community and our economy and we are grateful we get to continue on this tradition and raise our children on a family farm.”

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 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, Missouri State Fair director Mark Wolfe said.

“These families are involved in agriculture activities in their communities and are active participants in local outreach and extension,” Wolfe said. “As the premier showcase for Missouri agriculture, the Missouri State Fair is most certainly the appropriate place to celebrate these families.”

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