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Local farmers to be honored at state fair

Friday, August 10, 2012

Times Staff Report

INDIANAPOLIS -- Fifty-five Indiana farmers will be honored at a ceremony next week at the Indiana State Fair when they receive the River Friendly Farmer conservation award.

Of the 55 farmers, two are from Clay County.

Both Joe Edwards and Tim Stearley will be among those honored.

The 55 farmers are among a group of soon-to-be more than 600 Hoosier farmers from across the state who use "exceptional conservation practices to improve soil health and protect water quality."

The Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts is a sponsor of the award, along with Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc., the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service and the Indiana State Department of Agriculture Division of Soil Conservation.

The 55 award winners represent 40 Indiana counties.

Other area local farmers being honored include Steve Worland (Owen County), Ron Alcorn and Byron Gough (Putnam County).

Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman will join IASWCD President Ray McCormick, Indiana Farm Bureau President Don Villwock, and USDA NRCS State Conservationist Jane Hardisty at the ceremony.

Festivities will take place Wednesday, Aug. 15, Farmers' Day, at the Indiana State Fair, beginning at 1 p.m., in the 4-H Exhibit Hall Auditorium (second floor).

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