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Howell County Farm Family recognized


Pomona residents Jason and Jennifer Poor and their family were among the families honored during the 66th annual Missouri Farm Family Day, held Aug. 14 at the Missouri State Fair.

The Poor family was selected as the Howell County Missouri Farm Family by University of Missouri Extension in Howell County and the local Farm Bureau office. The family includes Jason, Jennifer and children Madalyn and Cooper. Madalyn Poor is active in Future Business Leaders of America, Interact Club, Beta Club, National Honor Society and Quizbowl, and she is the drum major for Bear Pride Marching Band at Willow Springs High Schoo. Cooper Poor is active in Willow Springs FFA and Trap Team, FBLA, Interact Club, Beta Club and Quizbowl.

Each year, the state fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across Missouri who are active in their communities, involved in agriculture and/or participate in local outreach and MU Extension programs such as 4-H or FFA.

Poor Farms Cattle is a second-generation Angus and Saler beef farm in operation as a 700-acre cow/calf enterprise.

“We strive for excellence in genetics to produce a quality beef product for our consumers,” said the Poors. The family is active in the Missouri Cattlemen’s and Cattlewomen’s Associations and the Willow Springs FFA Alumni. 

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.

The event showcases the impact that 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,” Wolfe explained. “As the premier showcase for Missouri agriculture, the Missouri State Fair is most certainly the appropriate place to celebrate these families.”