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The next generation of agriculture came to the state fair to exhibit livestock and projects.

Mindy Ward, Editor, Missouri Ruralist

August 17, 2022

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The Missouri State Fair is now in its second week. Over the past few days, 4-H and FFA members took center stage in the show ring to exhibit their livestock. For most, this is the finale of their summer show season.

However, the show was not just in the livestock barns. Rural youth entered projects in both the 4-H and FFA buildings.

Take a look through the photo gallery and see if you recognize any of these showmen. If so, tag them.

The Missouri State Fair continues through Aug. 21 in Sedalia, Mo. There are many shows you can still attend.

About the Author(s)

Mindy Ward

Editor, Missouri Ruralist

Mindy resides on a small farm just outside of Holstein, Mo, about 80 miles southwest of St. Louis.

After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism, she worked briefly at a public relations firm in Kansas City. Her husband’s career led the couple north to Minnesota.

There, she reported on large-scale production of corn, soybeans, sugar beets, and dairy, as well as, biofuels for The Land. After 10 years, the couple returned to Missouri and she began covering agriculture in the Show-Me State.

“In all my 15 years of writing about agriculture, I have found some of the most progressive thinkers are farmers,” she says. “They are constantly searching for ways to do more with less, improve their land and leave their legacy to the next generation.”

Mindy and her husband, Stacy, together with their daughters, Elisa and Cassidy, operate Showtime Farms in southern Warren County. The family spends a great deal of time caring for and showing Dorset, Oxford and crossbred sheep.

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