Bartholomew County farms recognized at the Statehouse

Bartholomew County farms recognized at the Statehouse

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Tuesday, March 26, 2019 9:32 am

STATEHOUSE (March 26, 2019) – Local family farms were recently recognized at the Statehouse for being in operation for 100 years or more, according to area legislators.

The Robert and Barbara Pruitt Farm, located in Edinburgh and in operation since 1919, received a Hoosier Homestead Centennial Award. The Franke-Thompson Farm, located in Columbus and in operation since 1898, also received a Hoosier Homestead Centennial Award.

“Family farms play a vital role in Indiana agriculture, making up 97 percent of the industry,” said State Sen. Eric Koch (R-Bedford). “This is a great accomplishment for both of these farms, whose families put in countless hours of hard work. Congratulations and thank you for your dedication to agriculture and our state.”

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.

“These families have given numerous years of their lives to running their farms through generations,” said State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus). “Dedication and perseverance are critical to the success of any farming operation. Bartholomew County family farms continue to positively impact our community, and I wish them success for the next 100 years.”

“Sustaining a family farm for this long is a tremendous feat,” said State Sen. Greg Walker (R-Columbus). “These families are an example to all Hoosiers for their diligence, and I’m proud to congratulate them on this achievement.”

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. Eric Koch (R-Bedford) represents Senate District 44, which includes all of

Brown and Lawrence counties as well as portions of Bartholomew, Jackson and Monroe counties.


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State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) represents House District 59,

which includes portions of Bartholomew County.

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State Sen. Greg Walker (R-Columbus) represents Senate District 41,

which includes portions of Bartholomew and Johnson counties.


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CAPTION 1Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch (far left) presents a Hoosier Homestead Award to the Franke-Thompson family 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 2Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch (far left) presents a Hoosier Homestead Award to the Pruitt family 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.