Featured Farmer: Springstun Family
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 8th.
- Debbie and Philip Springstun; Logan Springstun
- Centennial Hoosier Homestead Award
- Mainly operate using no-till farming systems
- Operation grows corn, soybeans, hay and raises beef cattle
- Focused on their commitment to agriculture in Warrick County
Hailing from Boonville, Indiana located in rural Warrick County, Debbie, Philip and their son Logan live and work on land that has been in Debbie’s family for 145 years – growing corn, soybeans, hay and raising beef cattle. After Debbie’s great-grandfather established the farm in 1871 and her father retired from farming, the Springstuns took over the homestead in 1985. Just two years in, the Springstuns had purchased their first beef calf and planted their first row of crops.
“We were fortunate that Debbie’s parents were very supportive of us continuing the farm,” said Philip, who grew up on a dairy farm in Indiana. “Her dad was a good, deep thinker and I learned a lot about farming from him.”
Debbie and Philip both kept their off-farm jobs for a while to help fund improvements and expansions to the farm. This allowed them to add grain bins, new buildings, equipment and a lake that supplies clean water to the livestock. They consider their operation small, but Philip has been able to farm full time since 2008.
“There’s something special about watching that baby calf stand up for the first time, its’ legs wobbling and the mother taking care of it,” Philip said. “Farming is in your blood.”
The Springstun’s commitment to agriculture has been recognized by the community as well. Debbie’s father was inducted into the Warrick County Ag Hall of Fame in 2007 as a deceased member and Philip was indicted in 2009 as a living member. They’ve also taken it upon themselves to start a farmer’s market in Warrick County. Not only does it give the Springstuns the opportunity to grow their freezer beef sales but it offers locally grown and raised food for the entire community.
Their son, Logan, returned to the family farm after graduating from Purdue University in 2011 and working as a seed production agronomist for Pioneer for almost 3 years. He helps his father with the operation and is a sales associate for Lindauer Farms, a Pioneer Agency. Although the agriculture industry is unpredictable with heightened regulations, volatile markets and increasing input costs, Logan wanted to come home to farm.
“I didn’t know I’d move back home, but as soon as I moved away, I wanted to come back to the farm,” Logan said. “I plan to keep the farm in the family for as long as I’m around and someday pass it on to the next generation.”
Debbie and Philip also have a daughter, Maggie. She graduated from Purdue University in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Food Science and now works for Kellogg’s in Battle Creek, Michigan. As a Food Technologist in New Product Innovation, she and her team members work with a multitude of agriculture products to help develop new products. Maggie remains passionate about her using her position and background to educate the public on the importance of a famers’ impact to food production.
Debbie, Philip and their family will be at the Indiana State Fair on August 8th, and they 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 fair to celebrate with and congratulate the Springstuns on their hard work and dedication to Indiana Agriculture!