Cook: America's Pig Farmer of the Year recognized at Statehouse

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Friday, January 29, 2016 5:30 pm

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 29, 2016) – State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) recently welcomed Tipton County pig farmer,  Keith Schoettmer, to the Statehouse where he was recognized as America’s Pig Farmer of the Year. 


Schoettmer was awarded this unique title from the National Pork Board. This award identifies pig farmers who take an ethical “We Care” approach to raising pigs and commends farmers who communicate with consumers regarding the methods of pork production.


“It’s an honor to recognize a good friend, and I congratulate his hard work and achievements,” Cook said. “Businesses like his provide jobs to hard-working Hoosiers and help support our economy.”

Schoettmer is a 1980 Purdue University graduate who went on to manage a purebred Duroc farm in central Illinois. In 1997, he established Schoettmer Prime Pork Farm in Tipton with his wife, Darla. He has served as Indiana Pork President and chair of the Midwest Pork Conference, and the Tipton County Chamber of Commerce recently named Schoettmer Prime Pork Farm the 2015 Business of the Year.



Rep. Cook (R-Cicero) represents Tipton, Hamilton, Grant, Madison, Delaware, and Howard counties.


NOTE TO THE EDITOR:  Attached and below is a photo of Rep. Cook with Schoettmer and his family at the Statehouse.