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Farm Families Recognized at Annual Ag Celebration

Newton County Farm Family of the Year Is Announced!

Annually the Newton County MU Extension Council selects a family who has served the Newton County agricultural community selflessly and supported Extension programs. They are honored with free admission to the Missouri State Fair and they attend a dinner in their honor during the fair.

The 2012 Newton County State Fair Farm Family is the family of Jason and Sarah Giebler. The Giebler family operates a dairy farm outside of Seneca with their four children, Victoria, Madeliane, Emma & Eli.

Sarah has served as the Busy Beaver 4-H Club Leader for many years and has been active in volunteering with the 4-H Council. Jason is the Manager at Premiere Turbines and is a strong supporter of youth and agriculture in our community. Jason has served for many years as the Newton County Dairy Superintendent and has helped to promote the dairy industry. Jason and Sarah have also served on the Newton County Farm Bureau Board and have been active members in the past.

Victoria and Madeliane are very active 4-H members. Victoria is completing her last year in 4-H and is attending Crowder College with an interest in Veterinary Medicine. Madelaine just successfully completed organizing the first 4-H 5K Run yesterday with the help of her family. Emma and Eli are just starting in 4-H and we look forward to great things from them as well.

On behalf of Newton County Farm Bureau, the MU Extension Council and the County Commissioners Three Newton County Century Farms were recognized:


Mr. & Mrs. Vernon Rinehart & Family – Seneca, MO

The farm of 80 acres is located on Redbud Road in Seneca.  The property was purchased in 1883 by George Washington Rinehart and his wife Hannah.   Vernon and his wife Marceline were honored with the designation of Missouri Century Farm. 

Mr. & Mrs. James Ritter & Family – Seneca, MO

The farm of 80 acres is located on Hottel Springs Rd in Seneca.  The property was purchased in 1907 by Martin Hierholzer, Grandfather of James Ritter the current owner.  James and his wife Wilda were honored with the designation of Missouri Century Farm. 

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Seufert – Wentworth, MO

The Wentworth farm is also 80 acres and was purchased by John Seufert in two sections the first in 1890 and the second in 1900. John is the grandfather of Charles, the current owner.  Charles and his wife Veta were recognized with the designation of Missouri Century Farm. 

McDonald County Farm Family of the Year Is Announced!

The Lawson Family, David, Rachelle, Zach and Derek Lawson from Southwest City, MO were selected as the State Fair Farm Family from McDonald County for 2012.  Each year the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the state that are active in their community, involved in agricultural activities and who participate in local outreach and extension programs.  David is an active member of the McDonald County Extension Council.  The Lawson’s operate a 150 acre (leasing more acreage also) cow/calf operation and own and operate a custom pasture spraying business. 

McDonald County Century Farm:

James &  Joan Stauber – Noel, MO

The Stauber Family, was recognized as a Century Farm for McDonald County.  James and Joan Stauber live on the family farm located West of Noel Mo.  James’s great grandfather Alexander Avery purchased the land in December 1988.  This river bottom farm consisting of over 700 acres presently has had many different enterprises over the years.  James and Joan operated a grade “A” dairy from the mid 1950’s to 1970’s.  In 1970 the operation was converted to all beef cattle.  Mr.  & Mrs. Stauber have two sons Robert and James, who also live on the farm and help with the farming operation.  They have six grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren.

The Missouri Century Farm Program:

The Missouri Century Farm program's history dates back to 1976 when the "Centennial Farm" project awarded certificates to persons owning farms that had been in the same family for 100 years or more. The University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and University of Missouri Extension, Missouri Department of Agriculture and Missouri Farm Bureau support this program as a yearly event with over 100 farms recognized each year. In order for a property to be considered a century farm the property needs to have been held by a family member continuously for at least 100 years and be utilized in an agriculture pursuit. 

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