MARSHALL, Mo. ― Donald and Michelle (Not Pictured) Boland and family of Sweet Springs were among the families honored during the 60th annual Missouri Farm Family Day, Aug. 13 at the Missouri State Fair.

The Boland family was selected as the Saline County Missouri Farm Family by University of Missouri Extension in Saline County and the local Farm Bureau. The family includes their children, Bailey and Brock Boland.

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 Boland family operates a 500-acre row-crop operation. Where they farm soybeans, corn and wheat. Their farm also hosts a variety of interest and animals. Donald raises beef cattle, Bailey and Brock show horses, Bailey raises and shows swine, and Brock raises chicken for show and eggs.

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.

This year, all 114 Missouri counties plus the City of St. Louis participated, honoring nearly 490 people from 115 farm families.

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.”

Contributed by: Stephanie Gooden-4-H Youth Program Associate-Saline County