Local family farms recognized at the Statehouse

Posted by: Abigail Campbell and Sydney Livingston  | Wednesday, March 27, 2019 9:00 am

 

STATEHOUSE (March 27, 2019) – Local family farms were recently recognized at the Statehouse for being in operation for 100 years or more, according to area legislators.

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. These six local farms received awards:

  • The Fry Farm, located in Greensburg and in operation since 1916, received a Hoosier Homestead Centennial Award;
  • The Jager Farm, located in Greensburg and in operation since 1866, received a Hoosier Homestead Centennial and Sesquicentennial Award;
  • The Merkel Farm, located in Batesville and in operation since 1864, received a Hoosier Homestead Centennial and Sesquicentennial Award;
  • The Raab Farm, located in Batesville and in operation since 1866, received a Hoosier Homestead Sesquicentennial Award;
  • S & G Seeds, LLC, located in Greensburg and in operation since 1918, received a Hoosier Homestead Centennial Award; and
  • The Sykes Farm, located in Connersville and in operation since 1845, received a Hoosier Homestead Centennial and Sesquicentennial Award.

“Family farms play a big role in helping support our communities, state and nation,” said State Sen. Chip Perfect (R-Lawrenceburg). “I thank these families for all their hard work and congratulate them on this tremendous accomplishment. I, along with our entire community, am proud of their success.”

“Indiana’s economy relies heavily on agriculture,” said State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg). “Earning a Hoosier Homestead Award shows these families have a dedication to preserving the tradition of family farming in the Hoosier state.”

“As a farmer, I know how much hard work goes into the upkeep of a family farm,” said State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg). “Congratulations to these families. Their years of dedication to this industry is inspirational and has truly paid off.”

“Congratulations to those who earned a Hoosier Homestead Award this year,” said State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville). “These Hoosiers have made significant contributions to our state through years of commitment to agriculture, and it is an honor to recognize this achievement.”

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 Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) represents House District 67, which includes

Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland counties, as well as portions of

Decatur, Jennings, Jefferson and Dearborn counties.

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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.

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

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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.

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CAPTION:  Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch (far left) presents a Hoosier Homestead Award to the Merkel 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.

CAPTION:  Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch (far left) presents a Hoosier Homestead Award to S & G Seeds, LLC 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.

CAPTION:  Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch (far left) presents a Hoosier Homestead Award to the Sykes 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.