The Carroll County University of Missouri Extension Council hosted the second annual Tweedie Agri-Business Seminar on November 14th at 6 p.m. in the Carrollton Public Library conference room. The evening included a complimentary meal catered by Kitchen Konnections, recognition of the 2012 Carroll County Century Farm families, and a presentation by Dan Cassidy, chief administrative officer of Missouri Farm Bureau.
Parman Green, ag-business management specialist and county program director for the Carroll County MU Extension, opened the seminar by sharing a brief history of Extension and recognizing the longstanding relationship between MU Extension and Missouri Farm Bureau; A relationship which includes collaborating on various programs, such as Century Farms.
This year, three Carroll County farms were awarded membership into the Missouri Century Farm Club and were recognized during the Tweedie Seminar; they are the Clinkscales family farm, established in 1853, and the Wilhelm family farms established in 1886 and 1895. Mr. and Mrs. Bill Clinkscales and Mr. Roger Wilhelm were present to receive certificates of membership and signs recognizing the Century Farms.
After a short break, Dan Cassidy presented a variety of challenges facing the world of agriculture, as well as the many opportunities to address and meet those challenges. He stressed that there are many misconceptions relating to what actually takes place on the local farm and encouraged participants to become active in alleviating some of those misconceptions by using their voice in their own individual areas of influence.
The Carroll County University of Missouri Extension Council sponsored the seminar through funding provided by the Tommy and Garnet Tweedie Estate. Tommy and Garnet Tweedie were avid supporters of MU Extension and have continued that support by providing, through their estates, annual funding for Carroll County University Extension.