DeKalb farms receive Hoosier Homestead Awards at Indiana State Fair

DeKalb farms receive Hoosier Homestead Awards at Indiana State Fair

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Thursday, August 16, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 16, 2018) — Local family farms were recognized Friday at the Indiana State Fair for being in operation for 100 years or more, according to area lawmakers.

Located in DeKalb County, these farms were presented Hoosier Homestead Awards:

  • The Bowman & Bowman Farms Inc., has been in operation since 1873 and received the Centennial Award;
  • The Morr Farm has been in operation since 1900 and received the Centennial Award;
  • The Hines Farm has been in operation since 1836 and received the Sesquicentennial Award; and
  • The Nelson Farm has been in operation since 1868 and received the Sesquicentennial Award.

 “Farming is not just a business in our area, it’s a way of life,” said State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn). “There is no way to measure the full impact a local farm has on its community, but it’s obvious these hardworking families do so year in and year out. Their lengthy tenures are evidence of our state’s rich agricultural heritage, and we are fortunate they carry on the tradition.”

“Local farms contribute greatly to our state’s economic and agricultural success,” said State Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn). “It takes true dedication to keep these farms going year after year, and families like these deserve recognition.”

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. 

Each year, two 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.

PHOTO CAPTION: Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture Bruce Kettler (far left), State Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn) (second from left) and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch (far right) present a Hoosier Homestead Award to the Bowman family on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more.

PHOTO CAPTION: Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture Bruce Kettler (far left), State Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn) (second from left) and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch (far right) present a Hoosier Homestead Award to the Morr family on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more.

PHOTO CAPTION: Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture Bruce Kettler (far left), State Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn) (second from left) and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch (far right) present a Hoosier Homestead Award to the Hines family on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more.

PHOTO CAPTION: Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture Bruce Kettler (far left), State Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn) (second from left) and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch (far right) present a Hoosier Homestead Award to the Nelson family on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more.

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State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) represents House District 52,

 which includes DeKalb County and portions of Steuben and Allen counties. 

Click here for a high-resolution photo of Smaltz.

 

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.