Featured Farmer: TK Hattery 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 7th.
- Troy and Janie Hattery; Kendel and Kandy Hattery
- Centennial Hoosier Homestead Award
- Avoid tilling and promote cover crop use
- Operation grows corn, soybeans, hay and wheat on 3,000 acres and rises beef cattle
- Focused on having a successful operation by staying conservative in decisions
Brothers, Troy and Kendel and their families, operate TK Hattery Farms out of Peru in Northern Indiana. The family matriarch, Delores Hattery, is a fourth-generation farmer and is proud to have her sons continue the legacy.
The Hattery’s pride themselves in remaining conservative to keep the century-old operation viable. Farming isn’t just a job to the family; it’s a lifestyle that they are thankful to have with the outrageous startup costs and high capital requirement of the industry today.
“I was born and raised here. Farming is in our blood,” Troy said. “I had the opportunity to farm that a lot of people didn’t have. We are fortunate to have this operation supporting two families while we do what we enjoy most.”
Troy and Kendel took over the operation when their maternal grandfather wasn’t physically able to help operate anymore. They slowly expanded the farm to 3,000 acres by staying as conservative as possible.
“We didn’t have a lot of debt and we were always conservative,” Troy said. “Being conservative is a big part of a successful farm. We’ve also tried to take advantage of opportunities when they arise.”
Challenges arise in every operation and the Hatterys face hardships such as erodible land due to soil type in Miami County. It takes careful planning and decision-making to preserve the soil and maintain its fertility.
This pushed the Hatterys to avoid tilling the soil prior to planting and promote cover crops to maintain the nutrients in the soil as well as reduce erosion. Troy’s dedication to the environment allows him to serve on the Miami County Soil and Water Conservation District board of directors.
Troy couldn’t imagine doing anything else than farming.
“There are a lot of rewards to farming,” Troy said. “A lot of frustrations and challenges, but at the end of the year when you bring in the harvest, that’s ultimately the fun part.”
Troy, Janie, Kendel and Kandy Hattery and their families will be at the Indiana State Fair on August 7th, and they will be featured in a Live Chat at 2:30 p.m. in the Glass Barn presented by Indiana Soybean Farmers and attend the evening parade at 6:30 p.m.
Come join us at the fair to celebrate with and congratulate the TK Hattery Farms on their hard work and dedication to the Indiana Agriculture!