Franklin County farms receive Hoosier Homestead Awards

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Friday, August 17, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 17, 2018) — Franklin County family farms were recently recognized at the Indiana State Fair for being in operation for 100 years or more, according to local legislators.

These farms throughout the area received Hoosier Homestead Awards:

  • The Burk Farm, located in Brookville, has been in operation since 1918 and received the Centennial Award;
  • The Obermeyer Farm, located in Batesville, has been in operation since 1891 and received the Centennial Award;
  • The Siefert Farm, located in Batesville, has been in operation since 1869 and received the Centennial Award; and
  • The Stenger Farm, located in Brookville, has been in operation since 1901 and received the Centennial Award.

“As a farmer, I know the work it takes to keep a farm running smoothly,” said State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg). “The number of years these families have dedicated to agriculture is truly inspirational. I am proud these farms are a part of our community, and I wish the families continued success.”

“Indiana is a national leader in corn, hog and duck production, as well as many other goods,” said State Rep. Randy Lyness (R-West Harrison). “Farms that are passed down through generations are the base of the agricultural industry. They set the example of what hard work can accomplish and play an important part in Indiana’s economic and cultural identity.”

“It is an incredible accomplishment to successfully run and operate a farm for over 100 years,” said State Sen. Jeff Raatz (R-Richmond). “These families truly deserve special recognition for their dedication to their farms and Indiana’s agriculture community. Congratulations!”

“Nearly 14 million acres are cultivated yearly to fuel the nation’s agricultural demands,” said State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville). “Family run and operated farms help keep our rich agricultural tradition alive, and the hard work and perseverance that goes into running a farm is unparalleled. I want to congratulate our local farms for withstanding the test of time.”

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.

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State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) represents Senate District 42, which includes Rush County and portions of Decatur, Fayette, Franklin, Henry, Ripley and Shelby counties.

 

State Rep. Randall Lyness (R-West Harrison) represents House District 68, which includes all of Union County and portions of Dearborn and Franklin counties.

 

State Sen. Jeff Raatz (R-Richmond) represents Senate District 27, which includes Randolph, Wayne and Union counties and portions of Dearborn, Franklin and Fayette counties.

 

State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) represents House District 55, which includes all of Fayette County and portions of Decatur, Franklin, Ripley and Rush counties.

 

PHOTO CAPTION: Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture Bruce Kettler (far left) and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch (far right) present a Hoosier Homestead Award to the Burk 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) and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch (far right) present a Hoosier Homestead Award to the Obermeyer 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) and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch (far right) present a Hoosier Homestead Award to the Siefert 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) and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch (far right) present a Hoosier Homestead Award to the Stenger 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.