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Livingston County Volunteers Inducted into the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame
08 31 18 CT
By Shaun Murphy, 4-H Youth Specialist

"Making the best better" for generations of Missouri 4-H'ers, Dave and Suzi Beck of Livingston County were inducted into the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame on August 18 at State Fair Community College in Sedalia. They were among 50 inductees from 38 counties establishing a legacy totaling 1,318 years of service to 4-H. More than 250 family members and friends attended the 12th annual event.

David and Suzi Beck have been tireless supporters of 4-H and volunteers for a combined 49 years. The Beck's have served as club leaders, project leaders, and county shooting sports leaders. David and Suzi have often hosted youth to their farm providing and ideal setting and foundation for youth to explore and excel. Their dedication can be felt far and wide in Livingston County.

CAPTION: Missouri 4-H Foundation Trustee Joan Hickman (left) with David and Suzi Beck, Livingston County 4-H volunteers and State 4-H Council member Rachel Love (right). PHOTO BY CASEY BUCKMAN

The Missouri 4-H Foundation recognizes individuals who have created a legacy of service to 4-H by honoring them with membership in the Missouri 4H Hall of Fame. "These leaders have made exceptional contributions to the lives of Missouri 4-H members, and we are proud to honor their service," said Chris Willow, Advancement Coordinator.

The annual event is sponsored by FCS Financial and the Missouri State Fair in partnership with the Missouri 4-H Foundation. "Our University of Missouri Extension 4-H youth faculty and staff work in partnership with our volunteers to see they have the support needed to empower youth to succeed as future leaders," said Dr. Alison Copeland, interim director of the MU Extension 4-H Center for Youth Development. "Dedicated faculty and staff, committed volunteers, and spirited 4H'ers will continue to learn and grow together to help our youth and communities thrive."

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Local Residents Chosen as Missouri Farm Family for Livingston County
CT 08 31 18

Cory and Stacy Surber and family of Wheeling were among the families honored during the 60th annual Missouri Farm Family Day, August 13 at the Missouri State Fair. The Surber family was selected as the Livingston County Missouri Farm Family by University of Missouri Extension in Livingston County and the local Farm Bureau. The family includes Marissa, Levi and Emma.

Each year, the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the state that are active in their communities, involved in agriculture, and/or participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H or FFA.

Cory is a row crop and cattle farmer in Livingston County and runs a repair service for several area ag producers and coops. Stacy teaches science at Chillicothe High School and sponsors the Jr Executive Committee, assists the Hunting and Fishing Club, and leads student trips to Costa Rica.

CAPTION: Cory Surber, Stacy Surber, Emma Thomas, Marissa Surber and Levi Surber. Also in the pictured behind the family are: (left to right) MO. State Fair Commissioners: Kevin Roberts, Sherry Jones and Jack Magruder; Blake Naughton, Assoc. Vice Chancellor for MU Extension & Engagement; Rob Kallenbach, Asst. Dean-MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; Todd Hays, MO Farm Bureau Board of Director's Vice President; Mark Wolfe, MO. State Fair Director; Garrett Hawkins, Deputy Director Mo. Dept. of Agriculture.

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