J.T. and Darlene Dieckmann and family of Levasy were among the families honored during the 59th annual Missouri Farm Family Day, Aug. 14 at the Missouri State Fair.

The Dieckmann family was selected as the Jackson County Missouri Farm Family by the Jackson County Extension Council and Jackson County Farm Bureau. Each year, the Missouri State Fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the state who are active in their communities, involved in agriculture, and/or participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H or FFA.

J.T. and Darlene have two sons and three grandchildren. Jeff and wife Erin, along with our grandchildren, Jared and Jenna, live in Levasy. Jeff works for Dieckmann Brothers Farms and Erin is a special education teacher for Lafayette County School District in Higginsville. Tyler and his fiancé, Ashley Ferguson, along with grandson, Lane, live south of Levasy. Tyler works for the City of Independence/Water Pollution Control and Ashley works for Local 27 Heat and Frost Insulators.

The Deickmann family operates the family farm in the Levasy area. J.T. serves on the Jackson County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. J.T. and Darlene also continue to stay involved in their community and maintain their agriculture roots.

The annual farm family event is sponsored by five partner agencies: 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. The event showcases the impact Missouri Farm Families have on the economy and heritage of the 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.