Beck’s and Indiana AgriNews have started their search for the 2018 Indiana Farm Family of the Year. The award, now in its 21st year, honors an outstanding Hoosier family for work on and off the farm. Nominations are being accepted until November 1. Learn more and download the application here.
Do you know an Indiana farm family who works hard and is involved in their community? Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Farm Family of the Year award. For the past 20 years, Beck’s and Indiana AgriNews have been honoring one Indiana farm family for their work on the farm, service to their community and agriculture industry. The award is aimed at increasing awareness of the important contributions all farm families make to our daily lives.
Nominations can be for a neighbor, friend, or your own family and may be submitted by completing the nomination form and returning it to Indiana AgriNews at 2563 E. 55th Place, Indianapolis, IN 46220. For more information, call or email Jim Henry at 317-726-5391 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations for this year’s award are due November 21.
Click here to download the nomination form.
June 7, 2016
Atlanta, Indiana – When Natalina Sents moved the gold tassel on her graduation cap to become an Iowa State University graduate, she wasn’t headed for a full-time job. She was embarking on the journey of a lifetime. Partnering with Beck’s, the largest family-owned retail seed company in the United States, Sents is setting out on the Why I Farm Roadtrip – a year-long, 50 state tour documenting agriculture’s diversity and revealing the untold stories of America’s farmers.
Partnering with Beck’s, the largest family-owned retail seed company in the United States, Natalina Sents is setting out on the Why I Farm Roadtrip – a year-long, 50 state tour documenting agriculture’s diversity and revealing the untold stories of America’s farmers.
“Farmers are the backbone of our nation,” said Scott Beck, president of Beck’s. “As agriculture continues to be scrutinized, it’s important we tell their story of faith, fortitude and passion. When Natalina approached us with the idea to travel the country interviewing farmers, her dream matched our mission to honor the American farmer. By taking the Why I Farm Movement on the road, we’re able to give even more farmers a voice.”
Whether traveling by car, plane or train, Sents will spend approximately one week in each state gathering real stories from real farmers who not only open their homes, but their hearts. The Why I Farm Roadtrip began on May 15 in Sents’ home state of Iowa. Over the past three weeks, she has visited farms in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Sents will be sharing these stories on the Why I Farm social media accounts and blog.
“I tell people all the time, I run a maternity ward for pigs. Being a mom, I think that you can relate, and kind of feel, more of what the sows need. I was raised in the city, so when I got to the farm I wanted to do everything. I drove tractors, loaded hogs, power-washed, and drove the feed truck. The farrowing house was probably the last place I went. But immediately, I just fell in love. When I first started doing this, my mother-in-law was in the farrowing house. She was the one that really taught me what to do.” - Erin Brenneman of Brenneman Pork, Wellman, Iowa shares her “Why I Farm” story on Beck’s Why I Farm Roadtrip
“From the moment I learned about Beck’s Why I Farm Movement, I became inspired to tell the story of agriculture,” said Sents, a Columbus Junction, Iowa native. “With their help, I get to live my dream of traveling the country, interviewing farmers, and chronicling their lives on the Why I Farm Roadtrip.”
Since 2013, Beck’s Why I Farm Movement has honored 21 farmers by bringing to life their heartfelt stories through powerful video. Reaching more than 3.8 million people, the Why I Farm Movement has gained fans and followers from across the globe.
“When it comes to agriculture across the nation, there is so much to see and do,” stated Elaine Bristol, program coordinator for Michigan GROWN, Michigan GREAT. “The Why I Farm Roadtrip really intrigued me because it’s going to feature that diversity.”
To follow Beck’s Why I Farm Roadtrip, visit www.WhyIFarm.com/blog, www.facebook.com/WhyIFarm, and www.twitter.com/WhyIFarm, as well as @WhyIFarm on Instagram and Snapchat. To submit a story idea, please email WhyIFarm@gmail.com.
Beck’s is a family-owned and operated seed company that serves farmers in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin. According to a recent media survey, Beck’s ranks as the sixth largest seed company in the United States and the only one in the top six that is family-owned, making Beck’s the largest retail, family-owned seed company in the United States. To learn more about Beck’s, please visit www.beckshybrids.com. Follow Beck’s Hybrids on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BecksHybrids, like Beck’s Hybrids on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BecksHybrids, or visit the Beck’s Blog at www.beckshybrids.com/blog.
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