Local farms honored with Hoosier Homestead Award

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Monday, August 10, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 7, 2020) – Area legislators recently announced the latest recipients of the Hoosier Homestead Award, which recognizes farms owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more.

The Hoosier Homestead Award Program honors families who have made significant contributions to Indiana agriculture. Instituted in 1976, the program recognizes the impact these family farms have made on the economic, cultural and social advancements of Indiana. In the past 40 years, more than 5,800 farms have received the honor.

Represented by State Sen. Brian Buchanan (R-Lebanon) and State Reps. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville), Don Lehe (R-Brookston), Sharon Negele (R-Attica) and Heath VanNatter (R-Kokomo), 11 locally owned farms were recently honored:

  • The Hunt farm in Clinton County received a Centennial and a Sesquicentennial Award;
  • The Imel farm in Clinton County received a Centennial Award;
  • The Jacob Booher-Philip Booher farm in White County received a Centennial Award;
  • The Johnson farm in Clinton County received a Centennial Award;
  • The Mark & Kerri Lear farm in White County received a Centennial Award;
  • The Marvin, Janet & Lisa Lear farm in White County received a Centennial Award;
  • The Park farm in Boone County received a Centennial Award;
  • The Reeves farm in Boone County received a Centennial Award;
  • The Rick & Julie Lear farm in White County received a Centennial Award;
  • The Rogers farm in Clinton County received a Sesquicentennial Award; and
  • The Turnipseed/Ploss farm in White County received a Centennial Award.

"The Hoosier Homestead awards don't just honor successful farms across the state, they honor hardworking Indiana families," Buchanan said. "It's incredible to see so many family-owned farms in our community celebrating 100 and 150 years of operating, and I'm grateful for their contribution to our community."

"These local farm families remain steadfast in braving the elements, managing technological advancements and handling evolving economies," Brown said. "We appreciate their commitment to farming and wish them nothing but continued success."

"As a farm owner and operator, I understand the dedication that these families put forth year after year to continue to provide for our community," Lehe said. "Not only do they deliver a positive agricultural impact on our state and local economies, but they also support thousands of Hoosier jobs."

"Congratulations to these 11 farms on receiving this award and thank you for providing goods and services to Hoosiers for over a century," Negele said. "The items they produce are used in local restaurants, stores and food markets, which contribute billions of dollars to the economy."

"It takes a tremendous amount of determination and perseverance to keep a farm up and running for more than 100 years," VanNatter said. "Hoosier farmers serve a critical role in keeping Indiana's agriculture industry thriving and supporting their local communities."    

To be named a Hoosier Homestead, farms must be owned by the same family for at least 100 consecutive years and consist of more than 20 acres or produce more than $1,000 of agricultural products per year. The award distinctions are Centennial, Sesquicentennial and Bicentennial – for 100, 150 and 200 years, respectively.

To learn more about the program or to apply for a Hoosier Homestead Award, visit www.in.gov/isda/2337.htm. Once made available, photos of the event can be found here.

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State Sen. Brian Buchanan represents Senate District 7,
which includes all of White County and portions of Boone,
Carroll, Clinton, Jasper and Tippecanoe counties.

State Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) represents House District 41,
which includes portions of Boone, Montgomery and Tippecanoe counties.

State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) represents House District 25,
which includes portions of Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Tippecanoe and White counties.
 

State Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica) represents House District 13,
which includes all of Benton County, and portions of Fountain, Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties..

State Rep. Heath VanNatter (R-Kokomo) represents House District 38,
which includes portions of Carroll, Cass, Howard and Clinton counties.