Statement issued Thursday:
INDIANAPOLIS (May 19, 2011) Lt. Governor Skillman today recognized Perkins Twin Creek Farm Inc., a LaGrange County family dairy producer, who recently completed the voluntary Certified Livestock Producer Program through the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA).
“Our Indiana livestock and poultry producers’ personal values embody integrity, responsibility and accountability,” said Lt. Governor Becky Skillman, Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture. “I congratulate Perkins Twin Creek Farm Inc., which now joins other exceptional producers that have demonstrated their commitment to these values through using progressive practices and procedures.”
To be recognized by ISDA as a Certified Livestock Producer, participants must complete the highest industry standards in environmental protection, animal health, bio-security, emergency planning and good neighbor relations. They then agree to sign the Producer Promise, as a reflection of their commitment to the citizens of the State of Indiana.
Lt. Governor Skillman launched the Certified Livestock Producer Program in July 2008. Since that time, 55 Hoosier farmers have earned certifications. Indiana is one of only a handful of states to have a voluntary program that recognizes farmers for their commitment to innovative and top industry standards.
Perkins Twin Creek Farm is a family owned dairy operation that been in operation for more than 100 years.
“We commend Perkins Twin Creek Farm for being leaders in this industry,” said Indiana Agriculture Director Joe Kelsay. “As a dairy farmer and CLPP producer myself, I recognize how this program will continue to serve as an invaluable tool to increase awareness of Indiana livestock producers’ dedication to the five fundamentals -- environmental practices, animal well-being, food safety, biosecurity, emergency planning and being a good neighbor in their community.”