May 20, 2024

Beck’s Hybrids and Indiana AgriNews search for the 2023 Indiana Farm Family of the Year

ATLANTA, Ind. — Beck’s Hybrids and Indiana AgriNews have started their search for the 26th Indiana Farm Family of the Year. Nominations are now being accepted for this distinguished award.

For the past 25 years, Beck’s and AgriNews have been honoring one Indiana farm family for their work on the farm, service to their community and the agricultural industry. The award is aimed at increasing awareness of the important contributions farm families make.

“Family farms are vital to the agriculture industry, but are also an integral component to rural communities,” said Scott Beck, president of Beck’s. “This award recognizes a family who strives to serve both.”

Previous recipients of the Indiana Farm Family of the Year award include:

1998 — The Kohlhagen Family of Jasper County

1999 — The Walker Family of Blackford County

2000 — The Bontrager Family of Elkhart County

2001 — The Stinson Family of Clinton County

2002 — The Ambriole Family of Huntington County

2003 — The Schlatter Family of Allen County

2004 — The Johnson Family of Orange County

2005 — The Perkins Family of LaGrange County

2006 — The Bell Family of Wayne County

2007 — The Leininger Family of St. Joseph County

2008 — The Ring Family of Dubois County

2009 — The Minich-May Family of Carroll County

2010 — The Mohler Family of Clinton County

2011 — The Coy Family of Decatur County

2012 — The Hayden Family of Lake County

2013 — The Baird Family of Washington County

2014 — The Duttlinger Family of Jasper County

2015 — The Hadley Family of Allen County

2016 — The Clauson Family of Fulton County

2017 — The Miller Family of DeKalb County

2018 — The Ramsey Family of Shelby County

2019 — The Wenning Family of Decatur County

2020 — The Everett Family of Boone County

2021 — The Stephenson Family of Johnson County

2022 — The Schenk Family of Posey County

“As a family-owned agricultural business, AgriNews believes in the importance of farm families, and we want to spotlight their significant contributions both on and off the farm — in agriculture and in their communities — while thanking one special family, in particular,” said James Henry, AgriNews executive editor. “It is our honor to present this award to celebrate the 26th Indiana Farm Family of the Year.”

To nominate a family, go to, scan the related QR code, or complete the paper application that can be downloaded at and then sent to Indiana AgriNews at 426 Second St., La Salle, IL 61301.

The deadline to submit nominations is Nov. 1.

The family will be recognized at the Indiana Farm Bureau State Convention on Dec. 17 at the JW Marriott hotel in Indianapolis, as well as at the 2023 Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry.

For more information, contact Henry at 815-410-2257, or

James Henry

James Henry

Executive Editor