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Arnold Family Chosen as State Fair Farm Family
The Lance & Anita Arnold family has been selected as the 2011 Missouri State Fair Farm Family by the Clark County Extension Council. Formal presentation of the award was held July 21, at the Extension Council Annual Family Picnic. The Arnold family will be entertained and recognized during a dinner at the Missouri State Fair on Monday, August 15. The purpose of Farm Family Day is to recognize the outstanding contribution farm families make to the State of Missouri and to Missouri agriculture. University of Missouri Extension, University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Missouri State Fair and Missouri Farm Bureau jointly sponsor this event.
The Arnold family was nominated by the Ashton Cloverleaf 4-H Club for their strong commitment to agriculture, leadership and involvement in the community. Lance and Anita have been actively involved in 4-H since they were young and have passed on the values of 4-H to their children. They have three sons; Logan, Luke and Landon. Logan is active in 4-H with his projects in livestock, archery, woodworking and photography. He is secretary of the Ashton Cloverleaf 4-H Club. Luke is involved in Clover Kids and Landon will enroll in the fall.
Lance graduated from the University of Missouri and is actively engaged in farming. Anita is employed as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Quincy Medical Group working in the Neurosurgery Department. Anita serves as co-leader of the Ashton Cloverleaf 4-H Club, serves as a member of the Clark County Extension Council and assists with the church youth group and PTO organization. The Clark County Extension Council felt the Arnold family was very deserving of the award because of their strong leadership and commitment to agriculture in Clark County. The family epitomizes the farm family ideals and characteristics set forth for this recognition.
In addition to the family recognition, Debby Whiston, County Program Director introduced Kelsi Clifford, newly hired office secretary, Katie Hogan, 4-H Youth Program Assistant and Wendy Ray, Family Nutrition Education Assistant. Also attending the picnic were Kevin and Paula Fox, Paul and Patty Phillips, Steve Yates, Ron Brewer, Joe Thomson, Wesley and Barb Parrish, Linda Plenge, Mike Whiston, Eric Hogan, Adam Thurman, Darin Morris, Lance and Anita Arnold, and Kent and Rhonda Kirchner. A brief meeting was held following the picnic supper.