Steven Engleking

Purdue Extension Educator, LaGrange County, Community Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources

LaGrange County
Steven Engleking

Steven G. Engleking (Steve) is the Purdue Extension Educator for Community Development and Agriculture & Natural Resources in LaGrange County, Indiana. His Extension work involves providing educational resources in a diverse agricultural community. He provides timely information to livestock producers, conventional crop farmers, produce growers, specialty crop farmers and organic farmers. Additionally, the areas, and LaGrange County, are known as a food processing cluster. Over the past several years, he has focused on the needs of small farmers. He has chaired and co-chaired Indiana’s Small Farms and Sustainable Agriculture Team as well as the Purdue Extension Indiana Small Farm Conference. He has provided assistance to small farmers internationally in Ukraine and Colombia.

LaGrange County is a unique county with the primary economic bases of agriculture, tourism and manufacturing. According to the 2012 U.S. Census of Agriculture, LaGrange County is the number one county in Indiana in total number of farms with 2,419. It is also the number one county in farms raising all types of poultry, chickens for eggs, chicken for meat, all cattle and calves, horses, milk cows, forages, vegetables and maple syrup. Also, LaGrange County is the number one county with certified organic farms, having 52% of the state’s organic farms. With the nation’s second largest Amish settlement and 62 natural lakes, LaGrange County is one of Indiana’s top tourist destinations. Annually, Shipshewana hosts over 1.5 million visitors. The Amish workforce also makes the LaGrange/Elkhart County area the nation’s home to the RV industry with some 90% of all RVs produced.

Steve started his professional life as a high school vocational agriculture teacher and FFA Advisor serving for nearly 17 years. He began his service as an Extension Educator in 1995 in LaGrange County.