Montgomery County Farmer Receives State Honor

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Montgomery County farmer and business owner Adam Moody is the 2014 recipient of the AgriVision Award. The award is given to a Hoosier who is maximizing the potential of Indiana agriculture. August 14, 2014

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann presented the 2014 AgriVision Award to Adam Moody, a successful farmer and business owner from Montgomery County, at the Celebration of Agriculture event at the Indiana State Fair on August 13.

The award, now in its eight year, is given to a Hoosier who has demonstrated exemplary leadership to maximize the potential of Indiana agriculture.

“Adam’s passion and commitment to Indiana agriculture is what the AgriVision Award recognizes,” Lt. Governor Ellspermann said. “Adam is a leader in the agriculture industry and is an acknowledged expert in issues of local and regional food systems and entrepreneurship. Through his leadership, Adam is helping Indiana agriculture remain a global leader in technology and innovation.”

“This award recognizes a deep commitment and vision for Indiana agriculture, two items that Adam exceeds in,” said Ted McKinney, director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA). “Adam is an outstanding example of what it takes to be one of the best in Indiana agriculture. He has demonstrated the drive to further promote and advance Indiana agriculture.”

A life-long Hoosier and fourth generation farmer from Montgomery County, Adam Moody’s life has been about bettering Indiana agriculture. As the landscape of agriculture in Indiana has changed over the decades, Moody has played a major role in many different facets of agriculture. In the Indiana Statehouse Moody contributed to legislation related to poultry processing and sales for local farm markets, he was a member of the Raw Milk working group with the Indiana Board of Animal Health (BOAH), and served as a co-chair of the Indiana Farm Bureau’s Value Added Committee. Moody’s businesses have also led the way in processing innovation by becoming the first organic slaughter facility in Indiana.

In 2013, Moody, along with co-founders Nick Carter and Chris Baggot, formed Husk, LLC to process and preserve locally-grown vegetables. Together they designed, developed and built a vegetable processing facility in Greenfield which distributed Indiana sweet corn to retail stores across a five-state region. This year, Moody has expanded the plant into green beans, peas, and squash. He is also the founder and CEO of Lone Pine Farms, Moody Meats Inc. and the founder and CEO of Moody Retail Shops. He owns and operates a 250 acre farm in Montgomery County and employees 42 Hoosiers within all his companies.

Also at the Celebration of Agriculture, the Purdue Women in Agriculture Awards were presented. This year’s recipients were:

• 2014 Leadership Award Winner: Elisha Kemp. Elisha Kemp is the State Government Affairs Manager at Dow AgroSciences where she advances agriculture on the local, regional, national, and international levels. She grew up in Tipton County and has been advocating for agriculture since the beginning of her career.

• 2012 Achievement Award Winner: Kerry Dull. Kerry Dull represents Dull Family Farms, a 2,000 acre grain farm along with a 30 acre ‘choose and harvest’ Christmas tree operation, bed and breakfast, and recreational facility. She is an integral part of the management aspect of all the family business with her organization, record keeping skills, and financial management capabilities.

Lt. Governor Ellspermann and Director McKinney also honored and extended congratulations to the 2014 ISDA Photo Contest winners. To view the photos of the ceremony, go to the ISDA Facebook page and click either the 2014 Celebration of Agriculture or the 2014 ISDA Photo Contest albums.

Source: Office of the Lieutenant Governor