Clere and Engleman: Local farms honored at the Statehouse

Posted by: Zach Weismiller & Emily Gaylord  | Friday, April 7, 2017 3:00 pm

STATEHOUSE (April 7, 2017) — State Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany), State Rep. Karen Engleman (R-Georgetown) and State Sen. Ron Grooms (R-Jeffersonville) today honored locally owned family farms for being in operation for more than 100 years.

The Sperzel and Collins-Taylor-Jacobi farms, located in Floyd County, were recognized at the Statehouse with Hoosier Homestead awards for more than 100 years of family farm ownership.

The Sperzel farm has been in operation since 1915 and received the centennial award. The Collins-Taylor-Jacobi farm has been in operation since 1816 and received the bicentennial award.

“Indiana agriculture and forestry supports nearly 190,000 jobs and contributes more than $37 billion to the state economy,” Clere said. “We are grateful to these families for their generations of stewardship and the resulting contributions to our Hoosier communities, economy and heritage.”

“Owning a family farm for two centuries is an extraordinary accomplishment that is certainly deserving of recognition,” Engleman said. “As a rural area, the farming industry is so important to Southern Indiana and contributes to Indiana’s legacy as a strong agricultural state.”

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

“Hoosier farmers should be proud of the contributions that they have made to their communities and our state,” Grooms said. “Congratulations to these families on this tremendous milestone and thank you for your dedication.”

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. Ed Clere (R-New Albany) represents House District 72, which includes
most of Floyd County, including New Albany and Georgetown.

State Rep. Karen Engleman (R-Georgetown) represents House District 70, which includes
portions of Clark, Floyd and Harrison counties.

State Sen. Ron Grooms (R-Jeffersonville) represents Senate District 46, which includes
Floyd County and portions of Clark County.