Ben and Elyse Walter were honored by NCCo Council for being awarded the county's Farm Family of the Year award for 2012.

A local couple was honored by New Castle County Council for receiving the county's Farm Family of the Year Award.

Benjamin and Elyse Walters, who attend the St. Polycarp's Church in Smyrna, were given the award for 2012.

The resolution recognizing the Walters' accomplishment was introduced by councilmen William Powers (D- Townsend) and Bill Bell (D- Middletown) at council's Oct. 9 meeting.

Mr. Walters grew up on a dairy farm and in 1977; he purchased the 130-acre Delaney Manor Farm, which has since grown to more than 250 acres, the resolution reads. He also farms an additional 600 acres where he grows corn, soybeans and wheat.

In 2007, the Walters put their farm into the Delaware Agland Preservation Program.

Mr. Walters has been a Farm Bureau member for 11 years and has served as a county delegated.

For four years, he served the United States Air Force and for 33 years, worked as an ironworker.

The county's resolution honoring the family also thanks them for their exception commitment and years of service to the agricultural community.