INDIANAPOLIS — Adam Moody, a fourth-generation farmer and
successful business owner, received the 2014 AgriVision Award.
The award was presented by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann during
the Celebration of Agriculture event at the Indiana State Fair.
Ellspemann spoke of Moody’s knowledge of local and regional
food systems and entrepreneurship. Ellspermann said she first met Moody several
years ago to work on local issues and saw firsthand his passion for agriculture.
The award, in its eighth year, is awarded to a Hoosier who
has demonstrated leadership to maximize the potential of Indiana
“Through his leadership, Adam is helping Indiana agriculture
remain a global leader in technology and innovation,” Ellspermann said.
Moody has played a role in agriculture in the Indiana
Statehouse. He contributed to legislation related to poultry processing and
sales for local farm markets, was a member of the Raw Milk working group with
the Indiana Board of Animal Health and served as a co-chair of the Indiana Farm
Bureau’s Value Added Committee.
Moody’s business became the first organic slaughter facility
in Indiana. Moody Meats has grown over the past 14 years, and there now are four
butcher shops in Ladoga, Avon, Zionsville and Greenwood where he sells products
from his and other Indiana farms.
“It’s an honor to be singled out for an accomplishment so
many people are doing across the state,” Moody said. “A trend we are seeing in
the agriculture sector is entrepreneurial innovation.”
In 2013, Moody also became a co-founder, along with Nick
Carter and Chris Baggott, of Husk, a local processing plant that preserves
locally grown vegetables. The Greenfield facility distributes Indiana sweet
corn, green beans, peas and squash to retail stores in five states.
The event was an emotional one for Moody, who thanked his
Husk co-founders for nominating him, his mother for his entrepreneurial spirit,
his father for teaching him, his father in heaven and his wife, Lucy, for being
married to an entrepreneur.