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Local residents chosen as Missouri Farm Family for Johnson County

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WARRENSBURG ― The family of Greg, Elizabeth, Ava and Stella Houtsma of Warrensburg were among the families honored during the 62nd annual Missouri Farm Family Day, Aug. 16 at the Missouri State Fair.

The Houtsma family was selected as the Johnson County Missouri Farm Family by the University of Missouri Extension in Johnson County and the local Farm Bureau. 

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.

The Houtsma family operates a 100-acre equine breeding operation. They raise Warmblood horses for the professional jumper market. They sell most of the foals but keep a few prospects back for competition or future broodmares. 

They also raise a few beef cattle for themselves and their extended family. With the help of their neighbors, they produce the hay they need for their pasture horses and cows.

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.”

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