Texas County farm recognized as a Missouri Century Farm

Submitted by Eric Meusch
Agricultural Educator, MU Extension

(HOUSTON) – Congratulations to Fred and Beth (Bresler) Klug for having their farm recognized as a Missouri Century Farm. The Klugs were presented with a certificate, memorial books and the sign for display at their farm located in the Cabool area at the Texas County Fair on Saturday, July 27. The presentation was made by the University of Missouri Extension Texas County and Farm Bureau. Representing the Extension were Brandi Sutherland, County Engagement Specialist in Nutrition and Health and Eric Meusch, Ag Educator, and John Casey, Texas County Commissioner and Extension Council member. Representing the Farm Bureau was Robert Rouse, Farm Bureau Board member and Extension Council member.
To qualify as a Century Farm, the land must be owned continuously through the family line for 100 years with at least 40 of the original acres in use at the 100 year mark. Albert Bresler (1868-1952) was the son of German immigrants who settled in Missouri in the 1850’s. He and his wife (Mary) bought a farm located in the Murr community in 1919. They farmed the land for many years and raised a large family. When Albert and Mary retired from farming in 1945 and moved to town, their youngest son, Leon and his wife (Margaret) purchased 200 of the original 320 acres. After Leon’s death in 1982, Margaret divided the property between her two children, Leon, Jr. and Elizabeth (Beth) Klug. Beth and her husband, Fred, retain 160 acres of the original farm that has remained in the family continuously since 1919. Fred and Beth live on the farm and raise beef cattle. All three of their children (Jason Choate, Katie Nicholson and Emily Nerness) are interested in cattle and the hope is that the property will remain in their family when their parents decide to retire. An interesting fact is that Leon and Margaret milked cows by hand when Beth was growing up, but gave it up when the market for Grade C milk was discontinued. At that time, they switched over to raising beef. Beth also mentioned that they have a line of cows that descended from a cow purchased from her maternal grandfather in 1960, and her children definitely want to keep that line going. Fred and Beth are one of 200 Century Farms registered in the State of Missouri in 2019. Since the State began recognizing Century Farms in 1976 a total of 9,536 Century Farms have been registered in Missouri. Of those registered 68 farms are located in Texas County. 
For more information about Century Farms in Missouri and how to apply for recognition, contact the Texas County University of Missouri Texas County Extension office in Houston at (417) 967-4545. You can also learn more online at http://extension.missouri.edu.



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