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      Families to be honored for farm, service

      Has your family owned something for 100 years? The University of Missouri Extension Office in Kirksville is having its annual picnic and program recognizing Heartland families who have owned their farm for 100 consecutive years or more as of December 31, 2013.

      - The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings and nephews or nieces, including through marriage or adoption.

      - The present farm shall consist of no less than 40 acres of the original land and shall make a financial contribution to the overall farm income.

      This year two Missouri families are recognized. ??The Lantz family represented by Lynn Henning and her farm goes back to 1847,?? said Co-County Program Director Jennifer Schutter. ??Her great-great grandfather acquired the farm back then. She qualified to be a century farm family this year. Our next family (is) Patrick and Ashley McCarty. That farm dates back to 1905 when Ashley great-great grandfather acquired that land. So, those are two families we are recognizing this year in Adair County.??

      Every year families are honored at the Missouri State Fair for their active role in the community and agriculture and the Extension office also honors them. This year Nick and Sheryl Pitts of Kirksville, along with their children Suzanne and Garret, were honored as the 2013 Adair County Farm Family.??Each year at the Missouri State Fair a day is set aside to recognize farm families and they were selected for Adair County,?? said Schutter. ??Nick and Sheryl and their family have been very active in the Kirksville community as well as agriculture and 4H for many years.??

      The families will be recognized Tuesday, September 3 at the Adair County Extension??s Annual Picnic and Program.