STATEHOUSE- State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) congratulates the Romas and the Dow families for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The awards were presented by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann in the Farm Bureau Building at the Indiana State Fair.
“I not only want to congratulate the Romas and Dow families, but all the families who received Hoosier Homestead Awards,” said Rep. Baird. “West Central Indiana as well as much of the state is comprised of farmland, so we rely on the expertise of these farming families to ensure that our economy and reputation as an agriculture state remains strong.”
The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farming families that have owned and operated the same farm for 100 years or more. Centennial awards were given for 100 years of ownership, while sesquicentennial and bicentennial awards were given for 150 and 200 years of ownership respectively.
The Romas Farm, located in Brazil, has been in operation since 1883. The family received the Centennial award for over 100 years of ownership. The Dow Farm, located in Paragon, has been in operation since 1911. The Dow family received the Centennial award as well.
In 1976, the program was first established to acknowledge Indiana’s farming families that have made contributions to the economy, culture and the state’s overall advancement. Since the program’s inception, roughly 5,000 farms have been recognized for their dedication to Hoosier agriculture.
“The hard work and dedication of the Romas and Dow families is invaluable to our community and to the agriculture industry of our state,” said Rep. Baird. “I wish both of these families continued success in their future harvests.”
Each year, two award ceremonies are held; one at the Statehouse in February and the other held at the State Fair in August. For more information on the Hoosier Homestead Award Program or to nominate a family for the award, visit www.in.gov/isda/2337.
Rep. Baird represents all of Putnam County and portions of Clay, Morgan, Owen and Parke counties.