Tim and Becky Lavy and family of Silex were among the families honored during the 59th annual Missouri Farm Family Day, Aug. 14 at the Missouri State Fair.
The Lavy family was selected as the Lincoln County Farm Family by the Lincoln County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau. The family includes Claire, Hunter and Max.
Each year, the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the state who are active in their communities, involved in agriculture, and/or participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H or FFA.
The Lavy family operate a 127-acre diversified farming operation. The family has been active in 4-H and FFA programs for many years. Hubert and Sharon Lavy are also involved in the family farming operation.
The annual event is sponsored by five partner agencies: the Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri State Fair and Commissioners, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and University of Missouri Extension.
One hundred twelve of Missouri’s 114 counties were represented this year, with two counties still dealing with the aftermath of the recent flooding in southern Missouri.
The event showcases the impact Missouri Farm Families have on the economy and heritage of the state.
“These families are involved in agriculture activities in their communities, and are active participants in local outreach and extension,” said Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe. “As the showcase for Missouri agriculture, the Missouri State Fair is most certainly the appropriate place to celebrate these families.”