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Press Release: Beck’s and Indiana AgriNews Search for the 2023 Indiana Farm Family of the Year

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Published on Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Atlanta, Indiana – Beck's and Indiana AgriNews today announce the start of their search for the 26th Indiana Farm Family of the Year. Nominations are now being accepted for this distinguished award.

For the past 25 years, Beck’s and Indiana AgriNews have been honoring one Indiana farm family for their work on the farm, service to their community, and the agricultural industry. The award is aimed at increasing awareness of the important contributions farm families make.

“Family farms are vital to the agriculture industry but are also an integral component to rural communities,” said Scott Beck, president of Beck’s. “This award recognizes a family who strives to serve both.”

Previous recipients of the Indiana Farm Family of the Year award include:

  • 1998 — The Kohlhagen Family of Jasper County
  • 1999 — The Walker Family of Blackford County
  • 2000 — The Bontrager Family of Elkhart County
  • 2001 — The Stinson Family of Clinton County
  • 2002 — The Ambriole Family of Huntington County
  • 2003 — The Schlatter Family of Allen County
  • 2004 — The Johnson Family of Orange County
  • 2005 — The Perkins Family of LaGrange County
  • 2006 — The Bell Family of Wayne County
  • 2007 — The Leininger Family of St. Joseph County
  • 2008 — The Ring Family of Dubois County
  • 2009 — The Minich-May Family of Carroll County
  • 2010 — The Mohler Family of Clinton County
  • 2011 — The Coy Family of Decatur County
  • 2012 — The Hayden Family of Lake County
  • 2013 — The Baird Family of Washington County
  • 2014 — The Duttlinger Family of Jasper County
  • 2015 — The Hadley Family of Allen County
  • 2016 — The Clauson Family of Fulton County
  • 2017 — The Miller Family of DeKalb County
  • 2018 — The Ramsey Family of Shelby County
  • 2019 — The Wenning Family of Decatur County
  • 2020 — The Everett Family of Boone County
  • 2021 — The Stephenson Family of Johnson County
  • 2022 — The Schenk Family of Posey County

“As a family-owned agricultural business, AgriNews believes in the importance of farm families, and we want to spotlight their significant contributions both on and off the farm — in agriculture and in their communities — while thanking one special family, in particular,” said James Henry, Indiana AgriNews executive editor. "It is our honor to present this award to celebrate the 26th Indiana Farm Family of the Year."

To nominate a family, click here, or complete the paper application that can be downloaded here and sent to Indiana AgriNews at 426 Second St., La Salle, IL 61301.

The deadline to submit nominations is Tuesday, November 1, 2022. The family will be recognized at the Indiana Farm Bureau State Convention on December 17, 2022, at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, Ind., and the Purdue Fish Fry.

For more information, contact James Henry, AgriNews executive editor, at (815) 410-2257.


About Beck’s Beck's- Farmers At Heart® - revolutionized the customer seed buying experience by remaining true to a foundation built on faith, family, and farming. Founded in 1937, Beck's appreciates the farmers who have helped them become the largest family-owned retail seed company and the third-largest seed brand in the United States. The Beck family is now in its fifth generation of family members who work in the business to honor God and help farmers succeed. The Beck family and team of employees help farmers achieve success from generation to generation through authentic customer experiences, product diversity, seed quality, and performance. With a home office located in Atlanta, Ind., Beck's serves farmers throughout the Midwest and Mid-South. For more information about Beck's, visit Follow Beck's on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.

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