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Seven more Century Farms recognized

Thursday, November 8, 2012

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Becky Plattner (right) was presented a certificate as she was inducted into the Extension Leader's Honor Roll. The late Ed Dysart was also honored during the annual Century Farm Recognition and Celebration held on Thursday, Nov. 8 at the courthouse.
Saline County added seven more Century Farms during the annual Recognition and Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the courthouse.

The farms honored for remaining in the same family for 100 years or more include: Mary Gertrude Davis and Charles E. Davis, Bennett and Bertha Kirchhoff; Bill and Bonnie Lewellen, Mike and Jane Martin, Darleen and Duane Mullins, Benjamin and Hattie McRoberts, A J McRoberts and Priscilla Peterson Shumaker.

The Slater High School Choir, under the direction of Nancy Thompson, opened the ceremony by singing two selections.

Keynote speaker Jared Singer, executive director of the Saline County Farm Service Agency, acknowledged the hard work and commitment it took for farms to stay in the same family for 100 years or more. He tied it to the experiences he had growing up on a farm in Pettis County, with his parents who worked several jobs in town, to help contribute to the farm income.

"For your families to have reached the milestone of having a Century Farm, there is no doubt you and your family were also committed," he said.

He also congratulated the families for their recognition.

"And if you haven't already done so I want to hope you take some time to reflect on your family's accomplishments with your Century Farm, what the family farm has been to you and your family," Singer said. "As well as what agriculture means to all of us in the entire United States."

Several others were honored during the celebration.

Becky Plattner and the late Ed Dysart were added to the Extension Leaders Honor Roll, as extension council member Dan Bishop read the accomplishments of both inductees.

Plattner, of Grand Pass, was honored for her work helping to organize the Century Farm recognition and the regional Women in Agriculture conference, among many other contributions. She has been a long-time farmer and agriculture advocate.

Dysart, who passed away in June 2012, was honored for his long-time dedication to Saline County's 4-H program.

"He was highly respected, not only in the 4-H community, but within Saline County itself," Bishop read. "If there was ever something we needed done for the kids we knew we could always call on Ed Dysart."

He was most well-known for his contributions, including the land, for the county shooting sports program, which is now recognized as one of the best in the state. His wife, Ina, along with daughters Kim, Megan and their families were on hand to accept the award.

Retiring Saline County Commissioner Norvelle "Brownie" Brown was presented a plaque by Presiding Commissioner Tom Stallings, thanking him for his long-time service.

The county's State Fair Farm Family, Bud, Kim, Kaleigh, Evan and Blake Summers of Slater were also honored.



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