Jennings County farms receive Hoosier Homestead Awards

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

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

The Graham Farm, located in Commiskey and in operation since 1815, received a Bicentennial Award.

“These families have a sense of determination that runs generations deep,” said State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg). “It’s more than a job to them. It’s a calling. Their dedication amidst the technological and scientific advances that have revolutionized the last hundred years of farming are a fantastic example to all Hoosiers.” 

The Horstman Farm, located in North Vernon and in operation since 1878, received the Centennial Award.

“Many of our Founding Fathers were farmers who understood the perseverance and dedication that running a family farm requires,” said State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour). “The work that goes into managing a farm isn’t easy. I congratulate all of the farm families who have withstood the test of time and passed down farming traditions throughout the years.”

“I am proud of each of these families,” said State Sen. Chip Perfect (R-Lawrenceburg). “They have put in the hard work needed to keep their farms going for 100 years or more, which is a remarkable achievement that benefits Hoosiers and our economy. Congratulations, you are all truly deserving of these awards!”

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 Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) represents House District 67, which includes portions of Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland counties, as well as portions of Decatur, Jennings, Jefferson and Dearborn counties.

State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) represents House District 69, which includes portions of Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings and Jefferson counties. 

State Sen. Chip Perfect (R-Lawrenceburg) represents Senate District 43, which includes all of Ohio and Jennings counties and portions of Bartholomew, Dearborn, Decatur, Jackson and Ripley counties.

PHOTO CAPTION: Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture Bruce Kettler (far left), State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) (second from left) and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch (far right) present a Hoosier Homestead Award to the Graham 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: State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) (far left), Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch (second from right) and Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture Bruce Kettler (far right) present a Hoosier Homestead Award to the Horstman 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.