Frank and Heather Hoepker and family, Maryville, were among the families honored during the 59th annual Missouri Farm Family Day, August 14 at the Missouri State Fair. The Hoepker family was selected as the Nodaway County Missouri Farm Family by the Nodaway County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau.
Frank, Heather and two of their three sons, Carson and August, all front, are joined by Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe, Missouri State Fair Commissioner Sherry Jones, Missouri Department of Agriculture Deputy Director Garrett Hawkins, Missouri State Fair Commissioner Barbara Hayden, Vice Chancellor for MU Extension and Engagement Marshall Stewart, Missouri State Fair Commissioner Lowell Mohler, Vice Chancellor and Dean of MU CAFNR Christopher Daubert and President of Missouri Farm Bureau Blake Hurst.
The Hoepker family operates a 240-acre cattle and horse farm and partners in the Clarinda Livestock Auction, where Frank and Heather also work. Frank manages day-to-day operations and Heather helps on sale days. Frank is also an auctioneer and holds consignment auctions. Frank and Heather have three sons who are also involved in the farm and agriculture. Tyler works as the barn manager at Clarinda Livestock Auction. August is a freshman at Kansas State studying agriculture business. Carson is a freshman at North Nodaway High School and plays baseball. The family has been active in 4-H, FFA and the Nodaway County Cattleman’s Association. Tyler, August and Carson enjoy riding horses and are active team ropers. Heather serves on the Nodaway County 4-H/FFA Livestock Show Committee as a show superintendent.