Ellington: Local farms honored at the Statehouse

Posted by: Brenda Holmes and Allison Vanatsky  | Friday, April 7, 2017

STATEHOUSE (April 7, 2017) — State Rep. Jeff Ellington (R-Bloomington) and State Sen. Mark Stoops (D-Bloomington) today honored a locally owned family farm for being in operation for more than 150 years.

The Pafford farm, located in Monroe County, was recognized at the Statehouse with a Hoosier Homestead award for 150 years of family farm ownership. In operation since 1866, the farm received a sesquicentennial award.

“Agriculture in Indiana supports over 100,000 Hoosier jobs each year and 97 percent of farms here are family owned,” Ellington said. “Farming is essential to the local economy and I would like to congratulate these families for their hard work and dedication to their keeping their farms going year after year.”

“Monroe County is fortunate to be supported by hardworking Hoosiers like the Pafford family who enrich the local community and economy with family farming,” Stoops said. “Agriculture is a huge part of Southern Indiana tradition and I am honored to celebrate the Pafford’s success.”

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.


State Sen. Mark Stoops represents Indiana Senate District 40,

which encompasses Bloomington and Monroe County.


State Rep. Jeff Ellington represents House District 62, which includes

portions of Greene, Monroe, Martin and Daviess counties.