WARSAW – The Kosciusko Leadership Academy cadets on Sept. 7, visited Creighton Brothers headquarters where Mindy Truex, President of Creighton Brothers LLC and Crystal Lake LLC, Kassi Rowland from Tom Farms and Kelly Heckaman from Purdue Extension presented Agri-Business in Kosciusko County.
Mindy Truex explained Creighton’s process through a video that depicted harvesting, cleaning, inspecting, and packaging “shell eggs” and liquid egg products. A “live hen” video also demonstrated how the birds are fed and cared for. She discussed the farm’s overall operations and the challenges of raising livestock and growing feed corn. Mindy also referenced the new additions to the farm – the Crazy Egg Café and The Roost, a banquet facility just adjacent to the headquarters. Creighton Brothers’ family farm employs 250 people and is in its 96th year of business.
Kassi Rowland represented Tom Farms and explained the history of Tom Farms and how it has grown to be a leader in crop production. Tom Farms started with 200 acres and has grown to 18,000 acres. Tom farm produces 30 million pounds of seed corn, 100 million pounds of corn, and 13 million pounds of soybeans each year. Kassi’s father Kip recently returned from a two-year ambassadorship in Rome, where he helped influence global food policy under the Trump administration.
Kelly Heckaman from Kosciusko County’s Purdue Extension gave an overview of the county’s agriculture and the economic impact of agriculture on the local economy. Kosciusko County is ranked 4th in Indiana for total agricultural products sold. Also 94% of farms in Kosciusko county are family farms.
The next KLA session will cover Water Resources in Kosciusko County at The Lilly Center for Lakes and Streams, Grace College, Winona Lake on September 21.
The Kosciusko Leadership Academy is in its 40th year of service to the county. As an independent 501-3(c) organization, KLA conducts bi-weekly morning sessions around the county to expose leaders to a wide variety of local topics and experts. The annual whitepaper projects have yielded many benefits to the citizens of Kosciusko County. For more information, visit www.kocsciuskoleadership.org.