Friday, August 30, 2013

Pipkin Family of Republic Honored as State Fair Farm Family for Greene County

Contact: David Burton, civic communication specialist
Tel: (417) 881-8909

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. ― Jim and Joann Pipkin and family of Republic were among the 108 families honored during the Missouri State Fair’s Farm Family Day on Aug. 12.

The Pipkin family was selected as the Greene County Missouri State Fair Farm Family for 2013 by the Greene County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau. The family includes daughter Jera and son Jace.

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

One of the oldest and most respected Angus herds in Missouri, Clearwater Farm is backed by seven generations of the Pipkin Family. W.D. Pipkin and his wife Bonita, and their son Jim and his wife Joann manage the farm’s day-to-day operations.

The original deed to Clearwater Farm dates to 1857. In the farm’s early years Berkshire hogs were an integral part of the operation. In 1933, W.H. Pipkin and his son Morris traveled to Kansas and purchased the farm's first Angus cattle. Since then, Clearwater Farm has had performance as a primary objective with the farm actively involved in AHIR since 1962. Today, more than 400 Angus cows find their home on about 1,000 acres at Clearwater Farm.

The Pipkins have been actively involved with 4-H for a number of decades, leading clubs and helping 4-H’ers with projects. Daughter Jera is now active with FFA at Republic High School.

“The Pipkins are active with MU Extension programs, having participated in performance bull sales and other programs over the years. As a freelance writer, Joann is also a frequent user of MU Extension media releases. Their farm operation is truly award winning and has both a state and national reputation of quality,” said Burton.

The annual event was sponsored by the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri State Fair, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and University of Missouri Extension.


PHOTO CUTLINE: Shown in the picture with Jim and Joann Pipkin of Republic, and their children Jera and Jace, are (from left to right): Dr. Tom Payne, Vice Chancellor and Dean, University of Missouri, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; Blake Hurst, President, Missouri Farm Bureau; Lowell Mohler, Missouri State Fair Commission; Mark Wolfe, Director, Missouri State Fair; Dr. Jon Hagler, Director, Missouri Department of Agriculture; and Barbara Hayden, Missouri State Fair Commission.


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