Ronnie, Jen, Colton and Clarisa Grass of Bonne Terre were among the families honored during the 61st annual Farm Family Day at the Missouri State Fair.
The Grass family was selected as the St. Francois County Farm Family by University of Missouri Extension in St. Francois County and the local Farm Bureau.
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 Grass family raise purebred Charolais and some Red Angus/Charolais crosses with 40 momma cows. Colton and Clarisa are active members of the Bear Creek Kidz 4-H Club and show cattle at the St. Francois County Fair and nationally.
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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.”