The University of Missouri Livingston County Extension Council had its annual meeting and dinner Thursday evening at First Baptist Church.
The University of Missouri Livingston County Extension Council had its annual meeting and dinner Thursday evening at First Baptist Church. “Our annual meeting and dinner is an opportunity to recognize and express our thanks to those who have served on the council, to recognize those who continually support our program efforts, and to thank our community for their support of Extension,” said Brenda Kerr, Extension Council vice chair, welcoming those in attendance. Shaun Murphy, 4-H youth specialist, announced the newest additions to the Leaders Honor Roll for their work in helping to develop and carry out local Extension programs. The additions are Cynthia Ireland and Tammy Meneely. The Clint and Margie Campbell family, from south of Chillicothe, provided musical entertainment for the evening. The seven-member family performs Christian bluegrass music at churches and festivals throughout the year. A highlight of the evening was the recognition of five Livingston County farms that received the formal designation of being Missouri Century Farms, meaning they have been in the same family for at least 100 years. Jessica Trussell, human development and family science specialist for the Livingston County University Extension, presented Missouri Century Farm signs and certificates recognizing the following farms: McCoskrie Farms / Donnie and Kathy Cox The McCoskrie Farm was established in 1838. The original owner was Isaac McCoskrie, who was Kathy Cox’s great-great-great-grandfather. Donnie and Kathy Cox, of Braymer, were present to accept the sign and certificate. Walnut Springs, Inc. The original owner of Walnut Springs, Inc., was Everett and Martha Olwen “Ola” Griffith, parents of Kenneth Griffith who was Phil Griffith’s father. The farm was established in 1917. Phil and his wife, Vicki, from Dawn, were present to accept the sign and certificate. Peter and Anna Jacobs Farm: The original owner of the Jacobs Farm was Peter and Anna Jacobs, great-great-grandparents of Buddy Jacobs and Joey Jacobs, of Wheeling. The farm was established in 1886. Buddy Jacobs and Joey Jacobs were present to accept the sign and certificate. Samuel A. Gray Farm Samuel A. Gray was the great-great-grandfather of Michael Mathews. The farm was established in 1865. Michael and Jennifer Mathews, of Hale, were present to accept the sign and certificate. John Lowry Walkup Farm John Lowry Walkup was the grandfather of Starr Walkup. The farm was established in 1909. Starr Walkup, of Wheeling, was present to accept the sign and certificate. Since Missouri began the program in 1976, more than 8,000 century farms have been recognized. Also during Thursday’s meeting, 4-H Youth Specialist Murphy gave special recognition to the Todd and Christine Jones family, of Dawn, as the 2017 State Fair Farm Family. The Joneses were among 112 families honored during the Missouri State Fair’s Farm Family Day on Aug. 14, 2017. The family was selected by the Livingston County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau. The family includes Todd, Christine, Tucker and Tanner Jones. The Jones family operates a Hereford beef cattle farm which has been in the family for 100 years. The children have participated in Busy Bees 4-H and Chillicothe FFA. The Joneses are involved in the community and assist at community events. Murphy introduced Maddie Eller, Livingston County 4-H Council president. Maddie highlighted 4-H programs and upcoming activities. Retiring Extension Council member Bette Atwell was recognized for her many years of service. Also recognized were outgoing council members Morgan Cooper, Amy Prokop and Steve Radcliff. New Extension Council members are Pam Jarding, Janice Meservey, Janet Zion and Shannon Jones. Officers for the new year were elected and took the oath of office. They are Brenda Kerr (chair), Jenny Moss (vice chair), Jackie Woodworth (treasurer), and Suzi Beck (secretary). Livingston County Clerk Sherry Parks administered the oath of office. Others on the council include elected members: Derek Graupman, Samantha Graves, Jenny Moss, Brenda Kerr, Andy Parks, Della Tracy; and appointed members: Alvin Thompson (County Commission), Jackie Woodworth (Farm Bureau), and Suzi Beck, (Chula Farmers Cooperative). Shannon Jones represents the city of Chillicothe. Sponsors for the Extension Council’s annual meeting were Bank Midwest, BTC Bank, Chillicothe State Bank, Chula Farmers Co-Op, Citizens Bank & Trust, Farm Credit Services, FEC Companies, Investors Community Bank, Woodworth Farms. Several businesses and individuals provided door prizes for the evening. Livingston County Extension faculty and staff members include Jessica Trussell (human development specialist), Shaun Murphy (4-H youth specialist), Sharon Van Dusen (4-H youth program associate), Barbara Applebury (office manager/bookkeeper), Jena Eskew (4-H LIFE youth program associate), Tracy Minnis (northwest nutrition associated), and Kevin Hansen (state QuickBooks administrator).