SCOTTSBURG, Ind. — Being recognized as the 2013 Indiana Farm
Family of the Year has been an honor for the Baird Family of Scottsburg.
Kevin and Linda Baird, along with their two sons, Michael
and Jared, run an agribusiness operation, Cornucopia Farm, which features
hundreds of pumpkins, a corn and a soybean maze, weekly school tours and close
to 2,000 mums.
“It was an honor to be chosen out of all the families in the
state,” Kevin Baird said, adding that even though their year in the spotlight is
drawing to a close, the entire family still is very appreciative of being
selected for the prestigious award, as well as the fact that somebody nominated
them for it in the first place.
The family members, who were publicly recognized as the Farm
Family of the Year at the Indiana Farm Bureau State Convention last December,
noted they have had many individuals throughout the course of the year tell them
that they read an article on the family and Cornucopia Farm receiving the award,
along with congratulating them on their success.
Beck’s Hybrids and Indiana AgriNews currently are accepting
nominations for the 2014 Indiana Farm Family of the Year. The forms, which can
be found at www.agrinews-pubs.com, must be completed and turned in by Nov.
Linda Baird said she and her family have many fond memories
of their year in the spotlight.
“I got to go to the (Purdue University Ag Alumni) Fish Fry,
and I had never been before,” she said, adding that the family was extremely
honored to be recognized in front of their peers at that event.
She said it is hard to believe that their time as the
Indiana Farm Family of the Year is passing, but she enjoys thinking back on
everything that the family was able to experience and what might happen at
Cornucopia Farm in the years to come.
Kevin Baird agreed with his wife and added that he doesn’t
know for sure what he and his family will be doing next year, but they still
hope to be involved in farming and the agriculture industry, trying to make
“If people are happy, they will come back,” he said.
Baird and his wife had a few words of advice for the next
family to be honored as the Indiana Farm Family of the Year — a family is chosen
for hard work and dedication to farming, so it is important for them to continue
doing things the way they always have.
“It’s a really nice award and honor, but we have continued
to do what we have always done,” he said.