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CFM's Commitment to Missouri Agriculture & the State Fair Foundation

Posted by Morgan Nail on 12, Jun 2024
Morgan Nail

In the heart of the Midwest lies the Show-Me-State - a place abundant with farming history and down-home charm. Deeply embedded in the agricultural scene is the Missouri State Fair Foundation, a steadfast ally to farmers across the state. Among their supporters stands yours truly, proudly recognized as a Silver Medallion Level member of the 1901 Society.

What is the 1901 Society? An extension of the Missouri State Fair Foundation, it aims to provide scholarships, develop educational programs, and enhance the fairgrounds for future generations. Each year, they honor the Foundation's most generous donors.

Honoring Tradition, Cultivating the Future

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As a Grand Champion Sponsor at the Missouri State Fair, CFM gets a front row seat to all the hard work and long hours put into making the beloved 10-day event a massive success.

We understand the Missouri State Fair is more than a premier agricultural event. As the Missouri State Fair Foundation puts it:

It is a family tradition with more than 110 years of experience in providing Missourians a great way to re-connect with their roots, celebrate their heritage, and showcase their accomplishments. It is a place where memories are made and the future is cultivated.

The Missouri State Fair Foundation is a charitable non-profit 501(c) 3 organization comprised of individuals who recognize the invaluable role the Missouri State Fair plays in the following areas:

  • Preservation & perpetuation of our agricultural heritage.
  • Improvement & growth of our economy.
  • Education & advancement of our youth.

Since our establishment in 1869, CFM Insurance has been synonymous with safeguarding Missouri’s farms and homes. Our Mutual was founded by a group of conservative farmers aiming to pool their resources and protect their crops and equipment from the threat of fire. Since then, just as fertile ground fosters plentiful crops, CFM Insurance has nurtured prosperity and growth within the communities it serves. Our commitment to preserving Missouri’s rural history and values aligns seamlessly with the mission of the Missouri State Fair Foundation.

As a company, we firmly believe that farmers and farm families are the heart of our many wonderful communities in Missouri, providing far more than just food on our plates. These humble, local heroes demonstrate the impact that hard work, ethical behavior, and leadership can have in our state and globally. Therefore, supporting this enduring legacy year after year through events like the Missouri State Fair, organized in part with the Missouri State Fair Foundation, is a top priority.

The Pulse of Missouri Agriculture

The Missouri State Fair Foundation is a guardian of our state's agricultural spirit, preserving its traditions for the next generation. With a vision focused on celebrating heritage, fostering relationships, and advancing agricultural education, the Foundation supports Missouri's farmers, ranchers, and agri-business leaders.

The Foundation’s philosophy resonates with CFM’s core beliefs, emphasizing the importance of collective goals and shared values in shaping the future of our state's agriculture sector - specifically the youth who greatly influence that upward trajectory. Together, through our annual partnership, we champion the preservation of agricultural heritage, the growth of the economy, and the empowerment of the next generation of agricultural leaders.

MSF Courtesy Photo-JakeThe Foundation recently hosted a celebratory event to honor generous sponsors of the 1901 Society, ensuring the continued success of their mission.

Pictured at the event are Missouri State Fair Foundation Executive Director, Karri Wilson, and CFM President & CEO, Jacob Black.


Investing in the Missouri Way of Life: An Ongoing Priority

8401K_CFM_MOStateFairFoundationAs a member of the 1901 Society, CFM Insurance plays a pivotal role in advancing the Foundation’s mission. Their generous contributions fuel scholarships, drive innovative programs, and sustain the cherished infrastructure of the Missouri State Fairgrounds. Since the Foundation’s establishment in 1998, more than $1.5 million has been spent on improvements to the Missouri State Fairgrounds, including oversized fan installations in various livestock barns for more comfortable showing conditions, construction of the FFA Building, State Fair Museum, and Kids’ Zone Stage, formal dedication of a Legacy Giving Plaza, and so much more.

By investing in the Foundation, CFM Insurance ensures that Missouri’s agricultural traditions thrive for years to come. Members of the 1901 Society are more than donors; they are stewards of Missouri’s Ag industry. Their unwavering support keeps the flame of tradition burning bright while also sowing the seeds for a vibrant future in Missouri agriculture.

Our commitment to the Missouri State Fair Foundation embodies a steady dedication to the cherished rural way of life, ensuring its continued prosperity. Together, we honor the past, celebrate the present, and sow a memorable legacy for future generations.

To contribute or learn more, visit www.mostatefairfoundation.com.

Topics: Missouri Made, Rural Missouri, Community First

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