Jasper farm honored for exceptional management

From Local Sources

Leon and Mark Schmitt of Jasper, who’s farm operates under the name Oakdale Partners, were honored Monday for going above and beyond in their farm management in the areas of environmental stewardship, animal well-being, biosecurity, emergency planning and community relations.

As the newest members of the Certified Livestock Prodcuer program, they were recognized by Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler during an awards ceremony at the Indiana State Fair. Five other livestock producers from across the state were also honored.

“These producers are going the extra mile in almost every aspect of their farm management, from ensuring the well-being of their animals to being good stewards of the environment,” Kettler said. “We’re proud to welcome them into the Certified Livestock Producer program.”

To complete the certification, the producers had to work with their veterinarian to develop a biosecurity plan, meet with their local fire department to create an emergency plan and participate in their industry’s quality assurance program, such as Beef Quality Assurance or Pork Quality Assurance. They also had to demonstrate their commitment to conserving the environment, as well as being a good neighbor in the community.

Since the program’s launch in 2008, nearly 150 producers have earned the certification.

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