The Jerry Seger family was presented with the AgriVision Award at the Indiana State Fair. Now in its 12th year, the award recognizes members of Indiana’s agricultural community for demonstrating vision, innovation and leadership in their field.

“It was an honor to present … the Jerry Seger family with the AgriVision Award,” said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch. “Their vision has shaped the foundation of this great industry, and not just statewide, but nationally and globally. We would not be where we are today without their leadership.”

Jerry Seger started the family farm in the 1950s, buying out his father’s feed mill in southwestern Indiana. His vision was to create a feed business for chickens and turkeys, which later evolved into owning those flocks, as well as the eggs they produced. Eventually, his operation expanded, as he began marketing the chickens, turkeys and eggs he owned.

With eight sons, Seger wanted to build a family business. Over the next 60 years, the Seger family expanded into two parts: Wabash Valley Produce Inc. and Farbest Foods Inc.

Wabash Valley Produce Inc. processes 7 million eggs a day, which are sent to three different facilities to be converted into egg whites or egg yolks.

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With locations in Huntingburg and Vincennes, Farbest Foods Inc. raises, feeds and processes approximately 60,000 turkeys per day, which are sold mainly in the U.S., but also around the world. Combined, these businesses provide jobs for 2,000 employees.

After Jerry Seger passed away in 2003, his sons carried on the family business and his traditions. Today, the Seger family is known for their leadership in environmental stewardship, farm safety, animal welfare and innovation in the poultry sector. They are also active members of their communities and support Indiana farmers by sourcing their grain locally.

“Indiana’s agricultural strength comes from the values, ingenuity and perseverance of Hoosiers,” said Bruce Kettler, Indiana State Department of Agriculture director. “These recipients have dedicated their lives to moving the industry forward and supporting their communities, and it was a privilege to honor their legacy today.”

Also receiving the award were Tim and Jim Craig with James Allen Insurance.