STATEHOUSE – State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) congratulates the Piercy, Burris and Michael families from Putnam County for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The award was presented by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and Agriculture Director Gina Sheets at the Indiana State Fair yesterday.
The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes families with farms that have been owned by the same family for 100 years or more. Fifty-four Centennial awards were given for 100 years of ownership, 15 Sesquicentennial awards recognized 150 years and three Bicentennial awards for operating at least 200 years in the Hoosier state.
The Piercy, Burris and Michael Farm, located in Cloverdale, Ind., began in 1840, respectively. The family received the Sesquicentennial award for over 150 years of ownership.
The program began in 1976 to acknowledge the contributions these families have made to Indiana agriculture. More than 5,000 farms have been recognized since the program was established.
“As a farmer, I know full-well that feeding Hoosiers and keeping a family-owned and operated farm running for over 150 years is a major accomplishment,” said Rep. Baird. “I sincerely congratulate these families for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award and for continuing Indiana’s excellent agricultural reputation, a significant and rich part of our state’s history.
Two award ceremonies are held each year – one at the Statehouse in February and one at the State Fair in August.
For more information on the Hoosier Homestead Award Program, visit www.in.gov/isda/2337.