DeKalb County farm recognized at the Statehouse

DeKalb County farm recognized at the Statehouse

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Friday, March 29, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 29, 2019) – The Widney-Carpenter Family Farm was recently recognized at the Statehouse for being in operation for over 150 years, according to State Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn) and State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn).

The Widney-Carpenter Farm, located in Butler and in operation since 1836, received a Hoosier Homestead Sesquicentennial Award.

“Longevity in agriculture takes a committed effort over several generations, and the Widney-Carpenter Farm embodies that dedication,” Smaltz said. “I commend them on their efforts, and look forward to them achieving a bicentennial award.”

The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more. Families can qualify for the centennial, sesquicentennial or bicentennial award.

“Long-standing family farms are a crucial part of Indiana’s fabric, and I can’t thank this dedicated farming family enough for all they do to nourish and serve our community,” Kruse said. “Congratulations to the Widney-Carpenter Farm for an outstanding 183 years of operation.”

Each year, awards ceremonies are held in the spring and summer commemorating the achievements of farm families 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. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn) represents Senate District 14,

which includes portions of Allen and DeKalb counties.

Click here for a high-resolution photo of Kruse.

 

State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) represents House District 52, which includes all of

DeKalb County and portions of Steuben and Allen counties.

Click here for a high-resolution photo of Smaltz.

CAPTION:  Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch (far left) presents a Hoosier Homestead Award to the Widney-Carpenter family Friday, March 15, 2019, at the Indiana Statehouse. The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more.