Cook: Local Family Farms Receive Hoosier Homestead Awards

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Monday, August 14, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 14, 2017) — Area legislators recently announced the latest recipients of the Hoosier Homestead award, which recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more.

Represented by State Sen. Jim Buck (R-Kokomo) and State Reps. Tony Cook (R-Cicero), Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) and Heath VanNatter (R-Kokomo), five locally owned family farms were honored with Centennial Awards at the Indiana State Fair. These family farms include: 

  • The Cardwell – Etherington – Chase – Garhart farm;
  • The Colbert Family Farm, located in Elwood;
  • The Hillock farm, located in Sheridan;
  • The Kerby/Moss farm; and
  • The Riley farm, located in Kokomo.

“Agriculture is a significant part of Indiana’s history, and I am glad to see these families recognized for their hard work and dedication,” Buck said. “I look forward to their continued success in Indiana farming.”

“Farming greatly impacts our economy, providing over 100,000 jobs in Indiana,” Cook said. “I congratulate these Hoosier families for their 100 years of family farm ownership and for keeping our agriculture industry growing. I wish each family continued success for the next 100 years.”

“I am proud to see that agriculture remains one of the largest industries in the state’s economy generating $31.2 billion toward Indiana’s Gross Domestic Product annually,” Karickhoff said. “With nearly 60,000 farms covering more than 14 million acres, operations like these family farms are an important part of our state’s economic success.”

“Nearly 98 percent of Indiana’s farms are family owned,” VanNatter said. “Long-lasting family farms like these in our community help sustain Indiana’s agricultural industry, which contributes more than $31 billion to the state economy.”

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