INDIANAPOLIS – The Coy Family now is Indiana’s Farm Family of the Year.
The Decatur County family was honored during a presentation at the Indiana Farm Bureau state convention in Indianapolis.
Jim and Jeanie Coy received the award with their daughters Paige, who works on the family’s farm, and Abby, a freshman at Purdue University.
The award is presented annually by two family agricultural businesses, Beck’s Hybrids and Indiana AgriNews.
It honors an outstanding Hoosier family for its farming efforts and community involvement and is aimed at increasing awareness of the important contributions all farm families make to everyone’s daily life.
The Coys raise 900 acres of corn and soybeans and 250 4-H show pigs, as well as goats and poultry. They are members of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church.
Jim has been a member of Indiana Farm Bureau for 38 years and the National Corn Growers Association for 30 years and served eight years as a member of the Decatur County Fair Board. He also has been a volunteer firefighter for 10 years.
Jeanie has served six years on the Decatur County 4-H Council and five years as a volunteer at the North Decatur Elementary School.
Both Paige and Abby are 10-year members of 4-H and four-year members of FFA, where each competed on soil judging and livestock judging teams. Abby is the 2010 Indiana FFA Section 4 Star Farmer.
The family strives to be the best steward of the land possible. The Coys started no-tilling in 1978, long before it became popular, and turned to all no-till in 1999.
This year, they implemented a new program to apply fertilizer at different growth stages to address the exact needs of their crops.
“Our life and passion is all about the farm and family,” Jeanie said. “We all work together to set a good example.”
As the 2011 Indiana Farm Family of the Year, the family members received a plaque and a yard sign.
They also have been invited to attend the Farmers Day activities at the Indiana State Fair and will receive a vacation getaway based on their own personal interests.