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story.lead_photo.caption The Murphy family was selected as the Callaway County Missouri Farm Family by University of Missouri Extension in Callaway County and the local Farm Bureau. Photo by Submitted by Anita Ellis

Auxvasse family John and Stephanie Murphy, along with their two children, Kaitlynn and Cassidy, were one of the several families honored Aug. 16 during the 62nd annual Missouri Farm Family Day at the Missouri State Fair.

The event showcases the impact Missouri Farm Families have on the economy and heritage of the state, Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe said.

"These families are involved in agriculture activities in their communities and are active participants in local outreach and extension," Wolfe said. "As the premier showcase for Missouri agriculture, the Missouri State Fair is most certainly the appropriate place to celebrate these families."

The Murphy family was selected as the Callaway County Missouri Farm Family by University of Missouri Extension in Callaway County and the local Farm Bureau. Kaitlynn and Cassidy are actively involved in the farming operation with their parents. They help out with a 25-acre sheep and goat operation and raise Alpine dairy goats.

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 like 4-H or FFA.

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.

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