Thursday, October 02, 2014

Over 100 Attend “Salute to Century Farms” and Help Raise About $3,500 for Greene County Extension

Contact: David Burton, civic communication specialist
County Program Director - Greene County
Tel: (417) 881-8909

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – About 135 people purchased tickets, and 108 attended, the “Salute to Century Farms” event held Sept. 30 at the Round Barn Event Center along Clear Creek between Ash Grove and Willard.

Due to event sponsorships and the sale of nearly $1,500 worth of locally handcrafted items in a silent auction, the event raised about $3,500 for the continued operations of Greene County Extension.

“It was a great night of fun with great attendance. Members of the Greene County Extension Council appreciate the generosity of our sponsors and those who donated items for auction,” said George Deatz, chairman of the Greene County Extension Council. “These funds are so important for our continued operation and the fact that everyone had fun made the event even better.”

The following family farms were honored as Century Farms during the event: Charles and Katherine Buckner of Fair Grove; Robert and Mary Mays of Ash Grove; John and Doris Breakbill of Republic; and Warren D. Hardy Jr. of Rogersville.

Acoustic Essays provided traditional bluegrass and classic country music during the event.

David Baker, assistant dean of agriculture extension at the University of Missouri, discussed the 100 year history of Cooperative Extension and the challenges facing family farms.

A copy of Baker’s presentation can be found online at

This first annual event was made possible by our media sponsors: News-Leader; Ozarks Farm and Neighbor Newspaper; KOLR/KOZL; Our Gold Level sponsor the Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District; and our silver level sponsors Old Missouri Bank and Cox Health Systems; and our bronze level sponsors: Race Brothers Farm Supply, Main Street Feeds and Fire & Ice Restaurant & Bar.

Photos of each honored family are available


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