2016 East Central District Farm Family of the Year – Chris & Nesha Smith

In this day and time, you don’t see many first generation farmers as it’s a hard business to get into, but Chris and Nesha Smith have defeated the odds. They purchased their farm in 2004 and have worked diligently to build their cattle herd and instill in their 10-year-old daughter their same passion for agriculture. […]

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PHIL & LESIA HAMAKER, Southwest District Farm Family of the Year

Phil and Lesia Hamaker grew up on small farms. Each of their grandparents grew up in a time when almost everyone had a garden to help feed their large families. So they inherited their love for farming at a young age. Their first farm was a 10-acre hog operation (farrow to finish) and 5 acres […]

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Homegrown Hero: Saline County Vet Brings Military Discipline to Farming

From Battlefields to Farm Fields ~ Veteran Signs Up for Farm Duty Damon Helton is a veteran farmer. Correction: Damon Helton is a veteran and a farmer. Helton is a decorated veteran of the U.S. armed forces with five deployments between Iraq and Afghanistan, but he’s a relative newcomer to agriculture. Still, watching Helton zoom […]

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Keith and Jill Forrester family, Northeast District Farm Family of the Year

The Keith and Jill Forrester family of Tyronza (Mississippi County) is the Northeast District Farm Family of the Year. They own and operate Whitton Farms where they raise a variety of crops on 200 acres, including 25 varieties of tomatoes, four varieties of melons, asparagus, strawberries, blackberries, peas and other miscellaneous vegetables. Not only do […]

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