Indiana Association of  
Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Media Advisory from the IASWCD

For release: Tuesday, July 30, 2013
2013 River Friendly Farmer Awards to be Presented Aug. 14 

Indianapolis -  For Indiana farmers, recognition for the work they do every day is nice, but not necessary. They consider the thought and effort they put into protecting soil health and water quality part of their job description as a farmer.
River Friendly Farmer logoOn Aug. 14, however, 46 recipients (see below) representing 37 counties from across the state will be honored as winners of the 2013 River Friendly Farmer Award. The ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. in the 4-H Exhibit Hall Auditorium at the Indiana State Fairgrounds during Farmers' Day at the Indiana State Fair.

Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development, will present the award to winners, along with Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc. President Don Villwock. Also on hand for the ceremony will be Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts President Jeff Meinders and Indiana NRCS State Conservationist Jane Hardisty.



46 Indiana River Friendly Farmer Recipients 


Will Receive the 2013 River Friendly Farmer Award


Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013

1 p.m. EDT


4-H Exhibit Hall Auditorium (located by Gate 16 on the map), 2nd Floor, NW Corner
Indiana State Fairgrounds

1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis


State recognition for Indiana farmers who do an excellent job of managing their farms in an environmentally and economically sound way that protects and improves Indiana's soil and water resources for future generations. 



2013 River Friendly Farmer Recipients:

  1. Adams County, Rediger Farms Inc., Martin Rediger
  2. Allen County, Byer Farm Service, Ned Byer
  3. Clark County, Valley View Farms, Sam Hagest
  4. Clark County, Dallas Lowery
  5. Clinton County, Windy Lane Farms, Inc., Hal and Ty Brown
  6. Crawford County, Bach Farm, Rollin Bach
  7. Crawford County, Newton Farm, Marcus Newton
  8. Decatur County, Smiley Brothers, Gordon and Jeff Smiley
  9. DeKalb County, State Line Farms, Leon, Mel, and Ed Steury
  10. Dubois County, Welp Homestead Farms, Inc., Mark and Brad Welp
  11. Franklin County, David Hartman

  12. Fulton County, Norman Farms, Michael Norman
  13. Gibson County, Horrall Farms, Ed Horrall
  14. Greene County, Crowe Farms, Inc., Steve Crowe
  15. Hamilton County, Stewart Farms, Jeff Stewart
  16. Howard County, Zell Farm, Dale Zell
  17. Jay County, James Laux
  18. Jay County, Andy Schemenaur
  19. Jefferson County, Reed's Orchard, Wes Thomas
  20. Knox County, Anson Family Farms, Mark, Michael, Douglas, and Daniel
  21. Knox County, Worland Farms, LLC, Daniel Worland
  22. Kosciusko County, Romine Farms, Brian Romine
  23. Kosciusko/Fulton County, Paxton Farms, Brent Paxton
  24. LaGrange County, Mishler Family Farm, Dewayne Mishler
  25. Newton County, Prairie Park Farm, Warren Johnson, Jr.
  26. Newton County, Strole Grain Farms Inc., Larry Strole (deceased)
  27. Pike County, R J Adams Farms, Inc., Larry and Grant Adams
  28. Pike County, Randy and Ron Leistner
  29. Posey County, Reineke Farms, Steve and Tim Reineke
  30. Pulaski County, Gary Culp
  31. Putnam County, Cedar view Farm LLC, Ron Sutherlin
  32. St. Joseph County, Whitmer Farms, Jim Whitmer
  33. St. Joseph County, Doug Millar
  34. Scott County, Bill and Mary Beth Comer
  35. Spencer County, Freschly Farms, Dean Freschly
  36. Starke County, Pflugshaupt Farms, Robin Phfugshaupt
  37. Starke County, Greg Stone
  38. Steuben County, Moody and Crew LLC, Tyson Franks
  39. Tippecanoe County, Pig Alliance, Todd Welch
  40. Vanderburgh County, Curran and Ann Miller Family LLC, Hugh Miller
  41. Vermillion County, Cheesewright Farms, Kelly Cheesewright
  42. Wabash County, Treska Farms, Gary Treska
  43. Washington County, Cornucopia Farm, Kevin, Linda, Michael, and Jared Baird
  44. Washington County, River Farm, David Souder
  45. Whitley County, Jim Cormany Farms, Jim Cormany
  46. Whitley County, Jagger Farms, Kevin Jagger

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For more information contact:

DeeDee Sigler, Communications Manager
317-692-7374, ext. 303 

IASWCD Officers


President: Jeff Meinders


Vice President: 
Paul Cummings


Secretary: Jamie Scott 


Bobby Hettmansperger




North-NW: Jim Martin


South-NW: Mike Starkey


North-NE: Tom Crowe 


South-NE: Troy Hattery


North-SW: Les Zimmerman


South-SW: Jim Droege 


North-SE: Mike Schwab


South-SE: Brad Ponsler




Executive Director:

Jennifer Boyle Warner


Conservation Development Specialist: Janice Bullman


Project Assistant: Liz Rice


Soil Health Program Manager: Lisa Holscher


Communications Manager: DeeDee Sigler

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