The Missouri Farmer of the Year farms right here in Pulaski County. Charles Bassett who farms on land located south of Dixon says he was surprised to hear his name called out by Missouri U. S. Senator Josh Hawley at an agriculture gathering during the state fair in August.
Bassett truly is a modern-day Renaissance man as a man who has acquired profound knowledge or proficiency in more than one field. Bassett, who is a 1960 graduate of Dixon High School, has been a successful farmer over the years, a past member of the Missouri Farm Bureau Board of Directors, president of the Pulaski County Farm Bureau for ten years, a proficient house builder, past director of the Pulaski County Sewer District, and currently is Pulaski County Eastern District Commissioner whose major responsiblity is maintenance of miles and miles of county roads with a limited road and bridge department budget, and is on the Meramec Regional Planning Commission Transportation Advisory Committee.
He says the agriculture community faces many challenges in the future, including increasing regulation of farm land by governmental bodies, the escallating costs of farming, and the transferring of ownership of lots of farm land likely in the next twenty years.
Missouri’s first Farmer of the Year, Charles Bassett of Dixon
By the way, a Dixon area farming family, the John and Joanie Wilson family, has been named the Pulaski Farm Family of the Year.