Fortville farm receives Hoosier Homestead Award at the Indiana State Fair

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Thursday, August 16, 2018 3:38 pm

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 16, 2018) — The James Steven Doty Farm was recognized Friday at the Indiana State Fair for being in operation for 150 years, according to State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) and State Sen. Doug Eckerty (R-Yorktown).

The James Steven Doty Farm, located in Fortville and in operation since 1868, received a Hoosier Homestead Sesquicentennial Award.

“Agriculture is a major industry in our state,” Cherry said. “In Indiana, 97 percent of farms are family owned and operated. These farms have a big impact on our economy and provide jobs. Congratulations to the James Steven Doty Farm, and thank you for your commitment to our community.”

“Indiana farmers play a large role in our state, providing food for Hoosiers and helping support our economy,” Eckerty said. “I am thankful for the positive impact the James Steven Doty Farm has had on our community, and I am proud of the family’s hard work. It has truly paid off.”

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


State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) represents House District 53,

which includes portions of Hancock and Madison counties.


State Sen. Doug Eckerty (R-Yorktown) represents Senate District 26,

which includes portions of Delaware, Henry and Madison counties.