INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WLFI) - A fish farmer from Jasper County was Friday's featured farmer at the Indiana State Fair. Seventeen farmers are recognized throughout the fair.
Jeff Martin runs Triple B Tilapia with his family. He calls himself a true entrepreneur. After getting out of the motor sport industry, he turned buildings on his land into a hatchery and fish farm.
After spending a whole year researching, his farm opened for business three years ago. Most people think Indiana farming is limited to corn, soybeans and traditional livestock. He said he has enjoyed the challenge of starting a fish farm in a land-locked state, and that he prides himself on providing a local product that is healthy and full of protein.
He enjoys teaching people more about it's like to be a fish farmer.
"Educating people about aquaculture, which is the raising of fish and a lot of people think, whoa you're going to have fish as a farm? Yes!" he said
He said he picked tilapia over other breeds of fish because of its ability to survive in different environments. He has also tried to make his farm as eco-friendly as possible, with no water run-off and taking discarded fish and turning it into fertilizer.
"They are taking the time to say thank you to us for being a farmer and for taking care of people and that's what we do, we're all about educating," he said.
You can take a tour of Triple B Tilapia farms to learn more about their operation.