Bartholomew County farms receive Hoosier Homestead Awards

Bartholomew County farms receive Hoosier Homestead Awards

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Thursday, August 16, 2018 3:49 pm

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 16, 2018) — Family farms in Bartholomew County were recognized Friday at the Indiana State Fair for being in operation for 100 years or more, according to local lawmakers.

The Burbrink-Schroer Farm has been in operation since 1910 and received a Hoosier Homestead Centennial Award.

“Our state’s thriving economy and culture are in large part due to family farms like these,” said State Sen. Eric Koch (R-Bedford). “Indiana agriculture not only provides food to the state and country, but also supports 107,500 jobs. Thank you and congratulations to these family farms for their years of dedication to Indiana.”

The Arnholt-Smith Farm has been in operation since 1890 and received a Hoosier Homestead Centennial Award. The Reinking-Smith Farm has been in operation since 1856 and received a Hoosier Homestead Sesquicentennial Award.

“Family farms are a major part of our state’s history,” said State Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus). “These farms have provided jobs and products for their communities for over a century. Congratulations to each family farm on this remarkable accomplishment.”

The O’Neal Farm has been in operation since 1918 and received a Hoosier Homestead Centennial Award.

“I am proud of each of these families,” said State Sen. Chip Perfect (R-Lawrenceburg). “They have put in the hard work needed to keep their farms going for 100 years or more, which is a remarkable achievement that benefits Hoosiers and our economy. Congratulations, you are all truly deserving of these awards!”

“Many of our Founding Fathers were farmers who understood the perseverance and dedication that running a family farm requires,” said State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour). “The work that goes into managing a farm isn’t easy. I congratulate all of the farm families who have withstood the test of time and passed down farming traditions throughout the years.”

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.

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State Sen. Eric Koch (R-Columbus) represents Senate District 44,

which includes all of Brown and Lawrence counties and portions of Bartholomew,

Jackson and Monroe counties. 

State Sen. Chip Perfect (R-Lawrenceburg) represents House District 43,

which includes all of Ohio and Jennings counties and portions of Bartholomew, Dearborn, Decatur, Jackson and Ripley  counties. 

State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) represents House District 69, which includes

portions of Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings and Jefferson counties. 

State Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) represents House District 59,

which includes a portion of Bartholomew County

 

PHOTO CAPTION: Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture Bruce Kettler (far left) and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch (far right) present a Hoosier Homestead Award to the Burbrink-Schroer 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.

PHOTO CAPTION: Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture Bruce Kettler (far left, back row) and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch (far right) present a Hoosier Homestead Award to the Arnholt-Smith 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.

PHOTO CAPTION: Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture Bruce Kettler (far left, back row) and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch (far right) present a Hoosier Homestead Award to the Reinking-Smith 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.

PHOTO CAPTION: Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture Bruce Kettler (far left) and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch (far right) present a Hoosier Homestead Award to the O’Neal 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.