Honor Family in foreground. Left to right, Allison Blackford, Ryker Blackford, Maddox Blackford, Dawson Blackford, and Cody Blackford
Also in the pictured behind the family are: (left to right)
Marshall Stewart, Vice Chancellor for MU Extension and Engagement;
Blake Hurst, President of Missouri Farm Bureau;
State Fair Queen 2018 Samantha Nelson,
State Fair Commissioners, Nikki Whitehead and Ted Sheppard;
Christine Chin, Director of Missouri Dept. of Agriculture;
and Christopher Daubert, Dean of MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.
Cody and Allison Blackford and family of Maryville were among the families honored during the 60th annual Missouri Farm Family Day, Aug. 13 at the Missouri State Fair.
The Blackford family was selected as the Nodaway County Missouri Farm Family by University of Missouri Extension in Nodaway County and the Nodaway County Farm Bureau. The family includes Ryker, Maddox, and Dawson.
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 Blackford family operates Legacy Lane Farms, a 50 head cow/calf operation. Along with their farm operation and chasing three boys, Cody works as a seed salesman for Beck’s Hybrids and Allison works at Gardner Family Dentistry. Ryker is a first grader, Maddox is in pre-school, both at St. Gregory’s, and Dawson is two years old. The Blackford family is active in the First Christian Church. They are active members of the Nodaway County Cattleman’s Association. Cody served as the president in 2016 and 2017. They are new members of Missouri Farm Bureau. Cody and Allison both grew up being members of 4-H and FFA. Showing livestock has continued being part of their lives, as they exhibited their Simmental cattle at the Missouri State Fair this year.
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 490 people from 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.”