2014 Winners of the Excellence in Agriculture Award
After looking for ways to get back to the farm, Nick and Julie Wenning did something a little unusual. They started a freshwater shrimp operation on their row crop farm in Decatur County. This aspect, plus their passion for conservation, earned the couple the Indiana Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer Excellence in Agriculture Award.
Nick Wenning told The Hoosier Farmer that the shrimp operation began as a way for them to help educate the public about aquaculture, though the couple has also hosted field days about no-till practices, cover crops and soil health to advocate for conservation. Both the shrimp business and the field day events attract folks from all over, with some driving as long as three hours to visit the farm.
In addition to sharing their farm with visitors, the Wennings also love spending time outside with their three young children, camping, fishing and playing softball.