INDIANAPOLIS – History, tradition and family are three things held dear by Decatur County farmer David Miers.
At Wednesday’s Farmer’s Day at the Indiana State Fair, all three converged as Miers, joined by his wife Mary, received the Arnold Award for Rural Preservation, an honor that recognizes the continued use and meticulous upkeep of historical buildings related to farming.
The award, according to a press release, was presented to David and Mary in the presence of Lt. Governor Sue Ellsperman. The ceremony was also attended by Indiana Farm Bureau President Don Villwock and Indiana Landmarks’ President Marsh Davis. Indiana Landmarks is one of the largest private preservation groups in the United States.
The Mierses were nominated for the Arnold Award by Judy Rust, who serves as president of the Decatur County Alliance for Preservation (DeCAP).
“They have a very strong sense of history and where they come from,” Rust told the Daily News Thursday. “They’re connection to their past is very strong.”
That connection spans six generation of Miers family farming. David and Mary live in a home built in the late 19th century by Morgan Lewis Miers, David’s great-grandfather.
The farm itself was established in 1824, and has changed hands to family members down the line ever since.
“I’m honored to literally be planting seeds on the same ground my forefathers did almost 200 years ago,” David Miers told those in attendance at the state fair ceremony Wednesday morning. “I’m very honored to carry on the tradition of the Miers family.”
And what a tradition it’s been.
The farm, under David Miers’ watchful eye, has won its seed corn contractor’s highest yield award 21 times since 1989. The Miers farm spans 2,000 acres owned by David and Mary which contain seed corn, seed soybeans and seed wheat, in addition to land rented from others. There are also 120 acres set aside for the federal Conservation Reserve Program, which are joined by approximately 3,000 walnut trees growing on the property.