2018-03-07 / Local News

Ag Association holds 10th annual meeting

Comet staff report

Beale Beale The Carroll County Agriculture Association held its 10th annual meeting and Hall of Fame Banquet March 5 at the Delphi United Methodist Church. The Hall of Fame inductees included Michael Beale, Michelle Cox, Raymon Eikenberry and Bush Veterinary Clinic. The evening began with a business meeting and scholarship award presentation and ended with the inductions.

Scholarship recipients recognized were John Michael Beale with the TDM/Hog Slat Scholarship and Savannah Bordner with the CAA Scholarship.

Beale, the son of Michael and Jonella Beale, will graduate in May from Delphi Community High School with an Academic Honors Diploma. In high school, he has maintained top grades while having a busy extracurricular schedule that includes playing varsity basketball and being an active FFA member. He currently serves as the District V FFA treasurer and last summer received his Hoosier Degree. He has also competed in soil, crops and livestock judging throughout his high school years.

Cox Cox This year will be his 10th year in 4-H. He is president of his township club and treasurer of the county Junior Leaders program. He was also the past treasurer of the county Horse and Pony Club. Last August Beale was one of three Indiana 4-H members selected to be on staff at the 2017 Indiana State Fair Youth Leadership Conference at the Indiana State Fair.

Beale plans to attend Purdue University College of Agriculture to work for a Bachelor of Science degree in Agric ultural Economics with a specialized interest in Agribusiness Management. After graduating from college, he plans to return to Delphi to farm and continue to grow his Beale Feeds LLC business, which handles his Kent dealership feed sales.

Bordner is the daughter of Dave and Wendy Bordner of Cutler. She is a senior at Carroll Jr.-Sr. High School, where she has been actively involved in FFA for the past six years. She is currently serving as the Indiana FFA District V and Carroll FFA president and is a member of the Indiana FFA Executive Committee. Bordner is serving as the president of Student Council, Key Club and National Honor Society and is a Brady’s Hope representative. Last year she had the opportunity to travel to Honduras. She was amazed at how inept and inefficient their agricultural industry is and hopes one day to improve the agricultural infrastructure of developing countries. She plans to attend Purdue University in the fall and dual major in Agricultural Communications and Sales and Marketing. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree, she is prepared to make a difference. As an agricultural communicator and advocate for the industry, she plans to work daily to educate and broaden the general public’s knowledge of agriculture. Bordner plans to pursue a public relations career for a leading agricultural company or a journalist for an agriculture newspaper or magazine. Either of these career choices will enable her to work towards her goals of improving the agricultural infrastructure of developing countries and decreasing the growing gap between the producer and the consumer in the United States.

Eikenberry Eikenberry Hall of Fame inductees for 2018 are:

Michael Beale

Michael Beale, raised on a farm in Carroll County, south of Delphi, is the son of John and Betty Beale. He graduated from Delphi Community High School in 1986 and is a graduate of the Purdue Agricultural Short Course in Grain Operations in Animal Science. In 1988, he was the first person at DCHS to receive the American Farmer Degree, the highest degree in FFA.

Beale married his wife, Jonella, in 1994; they have two children, Brooke and John Michael, both actively involved in the farm operation.

Beale grew his farming operation from renting 10 acres in 1985 to now farming over 2,800 acres of corn, soybean, hay and silage. He also has around 75 cows and finishes 200-plus calves a year. His work ethic and management skills have been major factors in the continued growth of his farming operation.

Beale currently serves as the chairman for the Carroll County Soil and Water Board, on which he has been a board member for 26 years and was an associate member since 1987. He is also the current Carroll County Farm Bureau President, and he became a member in 1997 when he helped re-establish the County Young Farmers program. He and his wife were District III representatives of the Farm Bureau Indiana State Young Farmer Committee from 1997- 1999, serving as the vice chairperson. In 1999, he and his wife were named recipients of the Indiana Farm Bureau Young Farmer Achievement Award at the annual Indiana Farm Bureau State Convention. Through Farm Bureau, he has also had the opportunity to lobby for farmers multiple times at the Indiana State House and in Washington, D.C.

Beale is also supportive of Carroll County Ag Youth programs. Along with being a 10- year 4-H member, he was a past 4-H leader to the county Junior Leader program and Tractor Driving project. He also served several years on the FFA Ag Advisory Board for Delphi Community High School.

When he is not at work or participating in various activities in the community, Beale can be found hanging out and fishing at his pond.

Michelle Cox

Michelle Cox, following her love for agriculture and helping others, has served the community in many areas of agriculture and lending. She accepted a position as Vice President of Ag and Commercial Lending at First Farmers Bank & Trust in June 2015 and currently serves clients in Carroll, Cass, Howard, Clinton and Tippecanoe as well as many counties throughout central Indiana. She served as senior vice president at Salin Bank in Flora for 20 years after beginning her career as ag lender for Farm Credit in Kokomo from 1991-1995.

Cox grew up helping her dad and grandpa on their farms, cleaning up equipment, mowing, moving and feeding hogs, and shoveling manure. She worked for Pioneer Hi-Bred during college, working in the office, seed germ department, scales for wheat harvest and even sorting corn during fall harvest. She spent her early married years helping her husband at a swine research farm on weekends, spending hours carrying feed, power washing and moving baby pigs for vaccinating. As a member of the Carroll County Ag Association she volunteers at Earth Day, serves on the audit committee, and participates in the noon meal during the 4-H Fair.

Cox is an active member of the Flora United Methodist Church, currently serving on the finance committee, counting committee, Christmas baskets, and in the nursery. She is a board member for the Carroll County Community Foundation, serving on the scholarship committee, grants committee, and Promise 529 committee. She serves as current secretary of the Carroll County Redevelopment Commission. She is active in Flora Rotary, serving as current secretary and as past president, and the Flora Community Club as past treasurer, current Christmas Parade cochair, and Fair Merchants and Events co-chair for the Carroll County 4-H Fair. Cox has been involved in various organizations during her professional years including: FFA judging, Carroll FFA Alumni Board, Carroll County Extension Board, Junior Achievement Board and teacher, Cass County Pork Producers, Flora Youth Baseball, Flora Softball coach, Carroll Athletic Boosters, Carroll County Religious Ed fundraising and building committee, Indiana Titans and Indiana Flyers travel baseball teams, numerous Carroll school committees, grant writing for Carroll Elementary and Flora Park, Carroll County YMCA, and Carroll County Chamber. She also participated in Carroll County Focus on the Future and taught Carroll County Leadership community involvement.

The daughter of Charlotte Hicks and the late Weldon Hicks, Cox graduated from Carroll Jr.-Sr. High School and Purdue University. She resides in Flora with Eric, her husband of 26 years. They have a daughter Kaylyn, a sophomore at Purdue University; son Korbin, a junior at Carroll; and a new grandson, Hudson. She loves being with her family, following her children, and niece’s and nephew’s sporting activities, including baseball, soccer, and basketball, working and being outside, and striving to serve her clients and community with excellent service.

Raymon Eikenberry

Raymon Eikenberry, the son of Bryce and Dorothy Eikenberry, grew up with three brothers on a farm northwest of Flora where his family raised corn, hogs, and cattle. Farming has been a way of life in his family for generations. His grandfathers, father and three older brothers have all farmed in Carroll County. He graduated from Delphi Community High School in 1974. In 1978, he married Janet Brenneman, who became his partner in the farming operation.

From the time Eikenberry was 12 years old he helped area farmers such as Jess and Charles Yeager baling straw and cleaning feed lots. In the summer and after school he worked for Maurice Robeson. Upon graduating from high school, he continued to work for Robeson until the summer of 1984. Robeson was a good mentor and gave Eikenberry time to pursue and expand his own farming operation.

In 1977 Eikenberry crop shared his grandpa’s 30-acre farm and that was the start he needed to help launch his own operation. At the same time, Jesse Endress gave him the opportunity to start finishing feeder pigs. Endress provided the barn, Eikenberry supplied the labor and a great friendship and mentoring relationship was formed. He continued adding rent acres to his operation and in 1988 he purchased his first 55-acre farm. As the farming operation grew, Eikenberry hired Mark Frey to help with farming and to drive a semi, hauling slats for Brim Concrete. In 1992, the Eikenberries started Eikenberry Trucking to haul freight for Indiana Packers under the guidance and management of John Archibald. As the trucking company grew they added Eikenberry Service and Repair to their operation. Scott Hartman was hired to run the repair company and became an integral part of the farming operation as well.

Eikenberry has enjoyed friendships and working relationships with many area farmers and business owners as his operation has grown into a multi-county operation.

He has been active in the Carroll County Ag Association since its inception and has served as a board member since 2013.

The Eikenberrys have three children: Melissa Hill (Dustin) of Lafayette, Kristina Peterson (Chris) of Cutler, and Derek of Flora. They also have 10 grandchildren and the oldest grandsons are now helping with the farming operation. Their daughter Kristina is the vice president and daily operations manager for Eikenberry Trucking. She also helps with planting and harvest. Son Derek is currently the assistant chief for the Flora Volunteer Fire Department and also has his own farming operation. He helps with all aspects of the daily operations of both farm organizations.

The Eikenberrys attend Victory in Christ Fellowhip in Flora.

Bush Veterinary Clinic

Dr. John A. Bush graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State in 1954 and established his veterinary practice in Flora that June. He married Virginia Naylor that same month. In January of 1956, he purchased the property east of Flora on SR18 where the practice is currently located. The property included a house and garage. With the help of his father and cousin, both from Lafayette, they remodeled the two-car garage that still stands today. That remodeled garage has grown and been remodeled many times over the last 64 years and is currently Bush Veterinary Services.

In 1993, small animal services were expanded with the addition of a surgical suite, treatment area, in-house laboratory and radiology. In 2005 a food animal haul-in facility was built just north of the main office building. It features drive through loading and unloading for livestock trailers, a hydraulic tip chute for lameness issues, and surgical procedures and a stationary chute with working tub and alley way.

Dr. Randy Bush graduated from Purdue University in 1985 and joined his father in the practice in 1990. After graduation Dr. Randy practiced in Carthage, Ill., and spent two years with a large livestock management company in Illinois and Oregon. He purchased the practice in 1993 and Dr. John remained a vital part of the practice until his death in 1999.

Dr. Amy Lanum, a 2000 Purdue graduate, joined the practice in 2003. She practiced in South Dakota for three years before returning to her home state of Indiana.

Dr. Jen Fife, a 2010 Purdue graduate, joined the practice after graduation.

To round out the professional staff there are three registered technicians that work side-byside with the veterinarians.

Serving the veterinary needs of the agricultural community and surrounding area has always been Bush Veterinary Services’ primary focus. Ag Association directors

Ag Association directors include: Aaron Anderson, swine; Jay Bush, agribusiness; Jason Calhoun, soybeans; Raymon Eikenberry, at large; Dean Scott, corn; Chad Lanum, atlarge; Angie May, soybeans; Kent Overholser, at-large; Brad Farrer, swine; Kyle Wagner, corn; Brenton Peters, agribusiness; Ryan Swayze, beef; Jo Thomas, Extension Educator; and Savannah Bordner and John Michael Beale, student representatives.

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