Allen County farms presented Hoosier Homestead Awards

Allen County farms presented Hoosier Homestead Awards

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Thursday, August 16, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 16, 2018) – Family farms from Allen County in operation for 100 years or more were recognized Friday at the Indiana State Fair, according to local legislators.

 Among those presented a Hoosier Homestead Centennial Award was the Bradtmueller Farm located in Hoagland, which has been in operation since 1902.

“Farming is a special aspect of the Hoosier state and a key part of our history,” said State Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn). “It takes dedication and skill to maintain land and crops for generations, and I want to congratulate these families for playing such a huge part in Indiana’s economy.”

 The Yoder Farm, located in Huntertown, has been in operation since 1918 and received a Hoosier Homestead Centennial Award.

 “Supporting local farms helps keep Indiana’s agriculture industry strong,” said State Sen. Liz Brown (R-Fort Wayne). “These families have dedicated their time to farming, providing for Hoosiers and contributing to Indiana’s economy as a whole. Congratulations on this achievement.”

“For 100 years and through five generations, the Yoder’s have produced natural foods and crops near Cedar Creek in northeast Allen County,” said State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn). “They’re dedicated to providing high-quality products to area residents.”

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, two 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.

PHOTO CAPTION: Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture Bruce Kettler (far left), State Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn) (second from left) and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch (second from right) present a Hoosier Homestead Award to the Yoder family on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more.

NOT PICTURED: Bradtmueller Family

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State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) represents House District 52,

which includes DeKalb County and portions of Allen and Steuben counties. 

A high-resolution photo of Smaltz can be downloaded by clicking here.

 

State Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn) represents Senate District 14,

which includes portions of Allen and DeKalb counties. 

A high-resolution photo of Kruse can be downloaded by clicking here.

 

State Sen. Liz Brown (R-Fort Wayne) represents Senate District 15,

which includes portions of Allen County.

A high-resolution photo of Brown can be downloaded by clicking here.