The Atchison County State Fair Farm Family for 2016 was Dan & Melanie Lucas and family. Pictured Front Row (l to r): Josh, Dan, Rebekah, Melanie and Ben Lucas. Back row dignitaries include: Marshall Stewart, Vice Chancellor for Extension & Engagement, MU Extension, Sherry Jones, State Fair Commissioner, Mark Wolfe, MO, State Fair Director, Lowell Mohler, State Fair Commissioner, Richard Fordyce, Director of Agriculture, Missouri Department of Agriculture and Blake Hurst, President, Missouri farm Bureau.

Rock Port, Mo., Daniel and Melanie Lucas and family of Rock Port were among the families honored during the Missouri Farm Family Day, August 15 at the Missouri State Fair.
The Lucas family was selected as the Atchison County Missouri Farm Family by the Atchison County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau. The family includes Joshua, Benjamin and Rebekah.
Each year, the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the state who are active in their communities, involved in agriculture and participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H or FFA.
The annual event is sponsored by five partner agencies, including the Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri State Fair and Commissioners, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and University of Missouri Extension.
This was the first year in its 58-year history that all 114 counties participated by nominating a family.
The event showcases the impact Missouri Farm Families have on the economy and heritage of our state. “These families are involved in agriculture activities in their communities, and are active participants in local outreach and extension,” said Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe. “As the showcase for Missouri agriculture, the Missouri State Fair is most certainly the appropriate place to celebrate these families.”