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Meat processor teaches art of curing ham to youthMeat processor teaches art of curing ham to youth

Burgers' Smokehouse earns 4-H Champion Award after 20-plus years of commitment to an Extension program.

October 29, 2019

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CURING HAMS: Employees at Burgers’ Smokehouse in California, Mo., volunteer their time to help 4-H members learn the craft of curing hams.

The Missouri 4-H Foundation presented its first 4-H Champion Award to Burgers' Smokehouse.

Morris Burger, former president of Burgers' Smokehouse and the son of founder E.M. Burger, accepted the award on behalf of the company. The Missouri 4-H Foundation recognized Burgers' for more than 20 years of commitment to the University of Missouri Extension 4-H youth development program.

Located in California, Mo., Burgers’ Smokehouse has been instructing youth on the ham curing process since the early 1990s. The small-town meat locker coordinated with 4-H and FFA leaders to provide a ham curing session for those involved with cured meats projects.

Employees donate their time to provide hams, supplies and the instruction needed to traditionally cure a ham. Annually, about 500 to 800 hams are cured for 4-H projects at the one-day event.


HELPING OTHERS: Morris Burger (left) of Burgers' Smokehouse receives the inaugural Missouri 4-H Champion Award from Missouri 4-H Foundation trustee Elaine Anderson.

Throughout the year, Burgers' Smokehouse has donated fresh hams and bacon for 4-H and MU Extension cured meats workshops and state fair demonstrations. Assistance from Burgers' has been essential in producing quality 4-H projects because of the freshness and condition of the meat products.

Throughout the company's growth, Morris Burger has remained committed to championing 4-H. The E.M. Burger Foundation has donated thousands of dollars for school, community and arts projects in Missouri.

This year, the Missouri 4-H Foundation board of trustees created the 4-H Champion Award to recognize Missouri businesses and organizations that provide significant support fostering positive 4-H youth development in their local communities or the state of Missouri.

Source: The University of Missouri Extension, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.

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