Featured Farmer: Ramsey Farms
The Indiana State Fair is the greatest showcase of the past, present and future of Hoosier agriculture and the Indiana State Fair – Celebrating Indiana’s Bicentennial which proudly dedicates your Great Indiana State Fair to Indiana’s history and heritage over the past 200 years.
To honor and celebrate those who have committed their lives to innovation in agriculture, each day of the 17-day Fair will highlight a different farmer/farm family who has been awarded with a Hoosier Homestead Award. These farmers, who were selected in collaboration with Indiana agriculture stakeholders, will be featured on daily highlight sheets for the Fair as well as participate in various events and exhibits all around the Fair.
We wanted to take the time to highlight these farmers and share a bit more about what makes them love agriculture. Take a moment to meet the Featured Farmer that will be at the Indiana State Fair on August 9th.
- Cindy and Phil Ramsey; Sons – Joey and James
- Centennial Hoosier Homestead Award
- The original homestead will turn 150 years old next year
- They own a farm drainage business, raise cattle and grow corn, soybeans, wheat and hay
- Focused on being more productive for the constantly growing population
Cindy and Phil Ramsey and their two sons, Joey and James, hail from Shelbyville, Indiana located in rural Shelby County. While they grow corn, soybeans, wheat and hay, they also own a farm drainage business and raise a few head of cattle.
Phil Ramsey’s love for farming stems back to when he was a child, riding with his dad in their 1948 8N Ford tractor.
“Farming is just what I wanted to do. I grew up with it and was always working with my dad,” Phil said as he reminisces.
Over the years, the land the Ramsey’s farm has been passed down from generation to generation and next year the farm will hit another big milestone. Turning 150 years old, and being eligible for the sesquicentennial Hoosier Homestead Award, is a monumental accomplishment. 150 years doesn’t stop with the age of the land but the love of farming and commitment to the industry has been passed down alongside the land. Phil and Cindy’s son, James, remembers his love for farming blooming at a young age.
“I still remember the first day I had to go to school. Dad went out to the field without me and I was so upset I couldn’t go with him,” James said. “I like taking care of the land and couldn’t imagine doing anything else.”
With the change of generations came the change in technology. Skills needed to farm have changed drastically from 50 years ago, farming used to be a very labor-intensive job. Now-a-days a farmer needs to be a businessman; he needs to understand money, markets and cash flow operations. 50 years ago, farms were operated by horse-drawn equipment and even in the 1960’s, the largest available tractor was a 190XT Allis-Chalmers. Now, there are tractors double the size with 300 horsepower or higher.
“You have to be up on the latest technology and you have to stay aggressive,” Phil says. “Today when I look back, it’s remarkable to see the gigantic leaps in productivity and technology that agriculture has made.”
The gigantic leaps in productivity that Phil talks about doesn’t scare his sons, they are ready to take on the challenge of the ever-changing agriculture industry and rapidly growing population.
“We, as an agriculture industry, have to continue to be more productive in order to find new ways to meet food demand,” says James. “My brother and I plan to farm as long as we can.”
Cindy, Phil and their family will be attending the Indiana State Fair on August 9th, will be featured in a Live Chat at 2:30 p.m. in the Glass Barn presented by Indiana Soybean Farmers and will attend the evening parade at 6:30 p.m.
Come join us at the Indiana State Fair on August 9th, 2016 to celebrate with and congratulate Ramsey Farm’s on their hard work and dedication to Indiana Agriculture!