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Eric Smith, Kline Family Farms
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Hartford City Farmer Named Nation’s Top Producer

Top ProducerIndiana farmer Jim Kline has been named North America’s 2011 Top Producer of the Year by Top Producer magazine, a national agribusiness publication. Kline is the sole proprietor of Kline Family Farms, a 7,500-acre farm located in Hartford City, Ind.

Top Producer magazine is targeted toward the top 10 percent of American and Canadian farmers in agricultural output and gross farm income.

"To be recognized in front of this caliber of people was the thrill of a lifetime,” Kline said. “I couldn't believe it. For me and my family, there is no greater honor.”

Presented with the award at the Top Producer seminar in Chicago, Kline was chosen out of 900 attendees after being named one of three finalists. Business progress, community leadership, entrepreneurial originality, and the use of technology were among the criteria used to select the winner.

“Our slogan is ‘innovative farming with integrity’,” Kline said. “We work very hard at staying up-to-date with all the latest in agricultural technology.”

Technological advancements on the farm, including no-till farming, strip tillage, and twin row corn, have allowed Kline’s operation to grow by more than 2,000 acres over the last 10 years.

Kline’s innovations were rewarded again earlier this month when he received the Partner in Progress Award, the highest honor given by Indiana Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman. The latest award for Kline recognized his outstanding service in the local community.

“The Kline Family Farm in Hartford City is very well-known in our community,” said Indiana State Representative Kevin Mahan, “so it’s great to see them receive such a monumental award. I’m glad I was able to have a part in the ceremony and congratulate Mr. Kline for all his hard work.”

A graduate of Blackford High School and Purdue University, Kline got his start in farming at the age of 15 when he rented land as a freshman in high school. By the time he was a high school senior, Kline had purchased his first farm.

Four full-time employees assist Kline in growing corn, soybeans and seed wheat. "I may have individually been recognized, but it's taken a lot of people for us to get into that position," Kline said. “We would like to add more acreage and we have the people in place to make that happen and to help our land owners reach their goals.”

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