Local family farms recognized at the Statehouse

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Tuesday, March 26, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 26, 2019) – Local family farms were recently recognized at the Statehouse for being in operation for 100 years or more, according to State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) and State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville).

Leonard Farms Inc., located in Winamac and in operation since 1868, received a Hoosier Homestead Sesquicentennial Award. The Wortley Farm, located in Rensselaer and in operation since 1911, received a Hoosier Homestead Centennial Award.

“I would like to congratulate Leonard Farms Inc. and Wortley Farm on receiving these prestigious agriculture awards,” Charbonneau said. “Family-owned farms are vital in our state’s economy, making up 97 percent of the industry in Indiana. Thank you for your continued contributions to our state and local community.”

“Operating a family farm takes a great deal of hard work and determination,” Gutwein said. “Maintaining it for more than a century is an incredible accomplishment that deserves recognition. I commend the Leonard and Wortley families for their many years of success and dedication.”

The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more. Families can qualify for the centennial, sesquicentennial or bicentennial award.

Each year, awards ceremonies are held in the spring and summer commemorating the achievements of farm families across the state. For more information on the Hoosier Homestead Award Program, visit www.in.gov/isda/2337.htm.

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State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) represents Senate District 5, which includes
Pulaski County and portions of Jasper, LaPorte, Porter and Starke counties.
Click here for a high-resolution photo of Bohacek.

State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) represents House District 16, which
includes all of Pulaski County and portions of Fulton, Jasper, Newton and Starke counties.
Click here for a high-resolution photo of Gutwein.

 

CAPTION:  Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch (far left) presents a Hoosier Homestead Award to Leonard Farms, Inc. Friday, March 15, 2019, at the Indiana Statehouse. The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAPTION:  Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch (second from right) presents a Hoosier Homestead Award to the Wortley Farm Friday, March 15, 2019, at the Indiana Statehouse. The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more.