Family farms honored at Indiana State Fair

Friday, August 9, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 9, 2019) – Six local farms were recently honored with Hoosier Homestead awards for their continuous family farm ownership, according to State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg).

The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the by the same family for 100 years or more, while making significant contributions to Indiana agriculture.
Farms selected must consist of more than 20 acres or produce more than $1,000 of agricultural products annually.

The program offers three award distinctions, including Centennial, Sesquicentennial and Bicentennial – for 100, 150 and 200 years, respectively.

“Having worked on my family’s farm growing up, I saw the commitment and daily sacrifices it took to provide for the family,” Frye said. “These Hoosiers have not only delivered for generations in their own homes, but their longevity also helped form our great communities into what they are today.”

These six family farms received Hoosier Homestead awards at the Indiana State Fairgrounds:

  • The Hall Farm in Vevay received a Centennial Award;
  • The Hopping Farm in Aurora received Centennial, Sesquicentennial and Bicentennial awards;
  • The Mahan Farm in Greensburg received a Centennial Award;
  • The Naylor Farm in Holton received a Sesquicentennial Award;
  • The Obendorf Farm in Versailles received a Sesquicentennial Award; and
  • The Otte/Webster Farm in Versailles received a Sesquicentennial Award.

 More than 5,500 farms have received the honor since the Hoosier Homestead Award Program began in 1976.

 Hoosier Homestead awards take place every year with a ceremony in March at the Statehouse and another in August at the Indiana State Fair. Visit www.in.gov/isda to learn more about the program or to apply for the award.


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State Rep. Randy Frye represents House District 67, which includes all of Ripley,
Ohio and Switzerland counties, and portions of Decatur,
Jennings, Jefferson and Dearborn counties.