By Jim Meyer
UM Extension office, Pike County
CURRYVILLE—Ryan and Melissa Bailey and family of Curryville were among the families honored during the 62nd annual Missouri Farm Family Day, Aug. 16 at the Missouri State Fair.
The Bailey family was selected as the Pike County Missouri Farm Family by University of Missouri Extension in Pike County and the local Farm Bureau. The family includes Clint, Callie, and Clara.
Each year, the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the state that are active in their communities, involved in agriculture, and/or participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H or FFA.
Ryan and Melissa are involved in agriculture at work and home. Ryan works for FSC Financial at the Hannibal office and Melissa works for the USDA in the Pike County Office. Their children have all been active in the 4-H and FFA programs while working alongside their parents on their family farm where they have a cattle and sheep operation.
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 and Engagement.
The event showcases the impact 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. As the premier showcase for Missouri agriculture, the Missouri State Fair is most certainly the appropriate place to celebrate these families.”