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David Burton
Civic Communications Specialist
2400 S. Scenic Ave.
Springfield, MO 65807

September 8, 2017

Tickets on Sale for 4th Annual "Salute to Century Farms"
and Greene County Extension Benefit Auction Sept. 25

Put on your jeans and boots and celebrate our agricultural heritage in an historical setting as we honor the newest Century Farms in Greene County. The fourth annual "Salute to Century Farms" will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 25 at the historic Round Barn Event Center along Clear Creek, 10731 W. US Hwy 160, Walnut Grove.

Greene County Extension will honor the newest Century Farms in the county and recognize current Century Farm owners in attendance.

The following four Greene County farms will be recognized.

Jesse and Margaret Abney of Willard, farm started by George W. Kime, grandfather in 1902, 52 acres.

Wesley and Annette Corlett of Willard, farm started by Joseph A. Renshaw, great-grandfather in 1846, 40 acres.

Wayne and Crystal Fortner of Willard, farm started by Sidney Fortner, grandfather in 1915, 205 acres.

Jim Killingsworth of Ash Grove, farm started by John K. Miller, grandfather in 1917, 80 acres.

Lewis and Shelly Smith of Willard, farm started by Luther Wiley, great-grandfather, in 1895, 120 acres.

Musical entertainment will be provided by Judy Domeny Bowen of Rogersville. Attendees will be treated to a full meal provided by Maggie Mae's Catering from Miller. Bowen will also conduct a live auction featuring various donated items.

New this year, people with tickets to the Salute to Century Farms event can also attend a pre-dinner workshop for free! Jim Spencer Jr., agriculture business specialist with University of Missouri Extension, will present an educational mini-workshop designed to help keep the farm in the family. "Planning for your Farm's Future" will be offered from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The dinner at the event is made possible by Old Missouri Bank. Other event sponsors include FCS Financial, Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District, American Business Systems, Greene County Commission, Missouri Farm Bureau and the Greene County Commonwealth.

Advance tickets are required and cost $25 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the Greene County Extension office or online at For more information, call the MU Extension office in Greene County at (417) 881-8909.


To qualify for Century Farm status, a single family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years. The farm must be at least 40 acres of the original land acquisition and make a financial contribution to the overall farm income.

For application forms and information, call 800-292-0969, your local MU Extension center or visit the program at

Source: David Burton, (417) 881-8909

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