Monday, September 15, 2014

Two Stone County Farm Families Honored by Extension Council

Agriculture is a $25 million business in the county, supported by both large and small farm enterprises and specialized niche agribusinesses.  In an effort to recognize successful farm families in the county, the Stone County Extension Council recently honored two farm families with an evening dinner.  The event was sponsored by First Home Savings Bank.

Rick and Janie Blair of Galena were this year’s State Fair Farm Family representing Stone County.  Each year the fair recognizes farm families from each county based on recommendations from the local extension councils.  The council selected the Blairs this year since they have run a successful dairy farm in the county since 1973.

The Blair farm is located west of Galena and is now combined with a neighboring farm owned by their son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Megan Blair.  The farms consist of 300 acres of land where forages are raised for pasture, hay and baleage.  The farms use Winterking rye and Marshall ryegrass for spring and fall pasture and green graze and Marshall ryegrass for baleage.

The Blairs have three grown children including Jill, who is married to Kevin Garoutte, Holly, who is married to Bryan Harmon, and, Matthew, married to Megan.  The Blairs enjoy their three granddaughters, Lauren Garroutte and Shay and Addison Blair.  They also depend heavily on Clint Killman for help with the farm work.

The second family honored recently was Tom and Tammy Wiley of Springfield.  The Wiley’s farm located near Crane is the most recent that has been recognized as a Missouri Century Farm and is referred to as the Wiley Red Rock Farm.  The 180 acre farm has been in Tom’s family since 1914. The farm was first owned by Tom’s great grandfather, Almon Maben (A.M.) Wiley.

A certificate and a Century Farm sign was presented at the dinner for the family to proudly display on the farm.  

Photo Cutline: The Wiley Century Farm Family photo was taken at the dinner in Galena.  L to R include John & Mary Wiley (who are relatives of Tom Wiley with ties to the farm), Tammy Wiley (Tom’s wife) and Tom Wiley.


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