Cook: Local farms honored at the Indiana State Fair

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Monday, August 15, 2016 9:00 am

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 15, 2016) — Five local farms were recognized on Friday with Hoosier Homestead awards for 100 years or more of family farm ownership, according to State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero).

These local families were honored during a ceremony at the Indiana State Fair:

  • The Hannah Family Farm, located in Howard County, has been in operation since 1910 and received the centennial award;
  • The Sottong Family Farm, located in Tipton County, has been in operation since 1913 and received the centennial award;
  • The John Beck Homestead, located in Tipton County, has been in operation since 1836 and received the sesquicentennial award;
  • The Jerry L. Brown Farm, located in Hamilton County, has been in operation since 1845 and received the sesquicentennial award; and
  • The Conway Family Farm, located in Tipton County, has been in operation since 1913 and received the centennial award.

“Indiana agriculture provides thousands of jobs to our economy, spans every corner of the state and touches every Hoosier kitchen table,” Cook said. “I congratulate these families on their hard work and dedication to keeping this economic sector strong and growing.”

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 www.in.gov/isda/2337.htm.