Cook: Local farms honored at the Statehouse

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

STATEHOUSE (April 7, 2017) — State Sen. Jim Buck (R- Kokomo) and State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) today honored a pair of locally owned family farms for being in operation for more than 100 years.

The Gall farm and the Kirkendall Family Farm, both located in Tipton County, were recognized at the Statehouse with Hoosier Homestead awards for 100 years of family farm ownership.

The Gall farm has been in operation since 1916 and the Kirkendall Family Farm has been in operation since 1894. Both received centennial awards.

“Indiana farmers have a lot to be proud of,” Buck said. “These families deserve recognition for their hard work and dedication to preserving the culture of farming across the state of Indiana.”

“Indiana’s agriculture industry is a global leader in innovation and commercialization for food, bringing in over $30 billion and supporting over 100,000 jobs,” Cook said. “These two Tipton County farms have contributed greatly to our community’s economy, and I congratulate both on their dedication to the Hoosier agriculture tradition.”

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.

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State Sen. Jim Buck (R-Kokomo) represents Senate District 21, which includes all of Tipton and Howard counties

and portions of Clinton, Grant and Hamilton counties.

State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) represents House District 32, which includes all of Tipton County and portions of

Hamilton, Madison, Delaware, Howard and Grant counties.