LaPorte County farm recognized at the Statehouse

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Wednesday, March 27, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 27, 2019) – The Shurte Family Farm was recently recognized at the Statehouse for being in operation for 165 years, according to State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) and State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie).  

Located in Wanatah and in operation since 1854, the Shurte Family Farm received Hoosier Homestead Centennial and Sesquicentennial awards.

“Agriculture has a rich history in our state and contributes an estimated $31.2 billion to Indiana’s economy each year,” Charbonneau said. “Family farms like the Shurte Family Farm demonstrate the continued dedication of Hoosiers to this important industry. Congratulations to the Shurte family on this significant achievement.”

“Maintaining a family farm is no easy task, but the Shurte family has managed to do so since 1854,” Pressel said. “This is a great accomplishment. They should be proud of their hard work and success. Congratulations to the Shurte family, and thank you for your contributions to our community and state.”

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, 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. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) represents Senate District 5, which includes
Pulaski County and portions of Jasper, LaPorte, Porter and Starke counties.
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here for a high-resolution photo of Charbonneau.

State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) represents House District 20,
which includes portions of LaPorte and Starke counties.
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CAPTION:  Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch (second from left) presents a Hoosier Homestead Award to the Shurte Family Farm Friday, March 15, 2019, at the Indiana Statehouse. The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more.