Borders: Local farm honored at the Statehouse

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Friday, April 7, 2017

STATEHOUSE (April 7, 2017) — State Rep. Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) and State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) today honored a locally owned family farm for being in operation for more than 150 years.

The Otten farm, located in Knox County, was recognized at the Statehouse with a Hoosier Homestead award for 150 years of family farm ownership. The Otten farm has been in operation since 1859 and received a sesquicentennial award.

“Indiana agriculture provides over 10,000 jobs, impacts our economy and touches every Hoosier kitchen table,” Borders said. “I wish this Knox County farm continued success in the future.”

“Agriculture is not only a big part of our community, but of our state as well,” Messmer said. “Farming creates jobs and provides food for Hoosiers across the state. I want to congratulate the Otten family for their hard work and dedication to farming.”

The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more.

Two awards ceremonies are held each year, in spring and summer, to commemorate the achievements of farmers across the state. For more information on the Hoosier Homestead Award Program, visit


State Rep. Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) represents House District 45, which includes

all of Sullivan County and portions of Vigo, Greene, Knox and Daviess counties.

State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) represents Senate District 48, which includes all of Pike and Spencer

counties and portions of Dubois, Knox, Gibson and Warrick counties.