INDIANAPOLIS — For the fifth year, Corteva AgriScience is sponsoring their Featured Farmer program, which highlights a different Hoosier farm each day of the Indiana State Fair, which will take place Aug. 2-18.
Heidi Spahn, who works with Global Community Investments with Corteva AgriScience and is one of the people in charge of the Featured Farmer program, said Corteva first launched the program at the state fair to help connect fairgoers with farmers in the hopes of helping them understand where their food comes from.
“We don’t want people to think milk comes from Wal-Mart or Kroger,” she said.
Spahn said the program was so popular that they decided to continue showcasing farmers each year during the fair.
Throughout the years of the program, Spahn said Corteva has tried to feature a wide range of farmers to show how diverse Indiana agriculture is.
“We are educating consumers about the face of agriculture within their own state,” she said.
Spahn said throughout the course of the Featured Farm program she has even learned something herself.
“I didn’t know Indiana was the second largest producer of mint. I grew up in southwest Indiana where there was no mint,” she said.
This year, to continue to promote the diversity of Indiana agriculture, a tilapia, duck and llama farm will be featured for the first time.
Spahn said they had Featured Farmers that raised shrimp before, but never tilapia.
The self-proclaimed state fair fanatic said other farmers who will be featured are more traditional, including, corn, soybean and dairy farmers.
Spahn also said the Featured Farmer program for the first time will feature something new and amazing that Corteva has been trying to make happen for quite some time.
On Aug. 14, which is Farmer’s Day at the Indiana State Fair, the featured farmer will be Glenn Morris of Gibson County, who will be the first African-American featured farmer.
“He has been farming all of his life. We are really excited to feature him,” she said.
To see all the Featured Farmers for the 2019 Indiana State Fair, visit www.indianastatefair.com/state-fair/general-information/featured-farmers.