Pete & Alice Eshelman Honored by State of Indiana

Whitley County, Indiana
March 18, 2010
Indiana Department of Agriculture recognizes Heritage Farms as a new member of the Indiana Certified Livestock Producer Program.  "The Heritage Farms Wagyu Beef operation, founded, owned and managed by Pete & Alice Eshelman, is among the finest livestock operations in Indiana," said Mark Wickersham, Executive Director of the Huntington County United Economic Development Corporation during the ceremonies Wednesday, March 17, 2010.
Eshelman's "Farm to Fork" emphasis is unique in Indiana.  Eshelman's restaurant, Joseph Decuis in Roanoke, Indiana, serves Wagyu Beef products directly from Heritage Farms.  In addition, The Emporium, a Roanoke retail store established by Eshelman's retails several Wagyu related products.
Japanese beef producer, Shogo Takeda, developed the "stress-free" method for raising cattle and was instrumental in the Heritage Farm operation.  Takeda stresses strict, natural and humane practices in pioneering the Kobe/Wagyu products.
In receiving certification from the State of Indiana, Heritage Farms committed to being among the finest producers in North America.  Practices include, being a good steward of the environment and complying with federal, state, and local regulations; responding quickly and safely to emergencies; applying the best management practices on their farm for the health and well-being of the animals; following biosecurity protocols that provide for the safety of the product and security of the operation; and respecting neighbors and work with honesty, integrity and responsibilty toward their concerns about the farm operation.
"Pete & Alice Eshelman have made legendary contributions to the economic revitalization of the Town of Roanoke in Huntington County, and it's an honor to be part of today's ceremony and extend both congratulations and thanks to Pete & Alice on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Huntington County United Economic Development Corporation," said Wickersham.