INDIANAPOLIS — Whitley County farmers will be featured at the Indiana State Fair, among several others.
Emily and Cory Studebaker, Whitley County poultry producers, are Featured Farmers that will be honored at the Indiana State Fair. The program is in its fifth year, and celebrates and helps put a face on Hoosier agriculture by connecting consumers with farmers.
The 17 honorees represent all regions of the state, showcasing different agricultural products throughout the 17-day state fair this summer, Aug. 2-18.
“Our Featured Farmers program introduces fairgoers to Hoosier farmers each day during the fair with opportunities to learn more about where their food comes from,” Cindy Hoye, executive director of the Indiana State Fair Commission, said. “These farmers have incredible stories to tell. On average, an American farmer feeds more than 165 people — that’s up from 25 people in the 1960s. American agriculture is doing more and doing it better.”
Visitors to the Indiana State Fair can attend a live chat at 2:30 p.m. in the Glass Barn with a featured farmer every day of the fair, in addition to many other opportunities to talk with that day’s featured farm family and learn about their operation. To learn more about the farmers, visit IndianaStateFair.com, and follow along on social media @IndyStateFair.
“At Corteva Agriscience, we are committed to enhancing lives and helping farmers succeed. We are pleased for the fifth year to be the sponsor of the Featured Farmer program at the Indiana State Fair, which is a perfect place for fairgoers who are consumers to meet farmers who spend their days working to feed all of us,” said Ben Kaehler, commercial unit leader, Eastern Corn Belt, Corteva Agriscience.
Below are the other featured farmers, farm products and their home counties:
Huber family — Huber’s Orchard & Winery (wine), Clark County
Rodibaugh family — Rodibaugh Show Pigs (soybeans and pork), Jasper County
Mark Smith — Mark Smith Farms (llamas), Montgomery County
Sean Smith — Culver Duck (duck), Elkhart County
Gelfius family — Gelfius Farms (tomatoes and pork), Bartholomew County
Arnholt family — Arnholt Farms (corn and green beans), Bartholomew County
Jeff Martin — Triple B Tilapia (tilapia), Jasper County
Jill & Brian Houin — Homestead Dairy (dairy cows), Marshall County
Lamb family — Lamb Farms (popcorn), Boone County
Sommer family — Sommer Farms (corn, soybeans, alfalfa and dairy cows), Adams County
Sam & Darren Schwoeppe — Schwoeppe Dairy Farm, (dairy cows), Dubois County
Glenn Morris (beef, corn and soybeans), Gibson County
Cline family — Cline Farms (corn, soybeans and pork), Tipton County
Kevin Bohman — Bohman Bee Company (honey), Jefferson County