Local farms honored with Hoosier Homestead Award

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Tuesday, August 11, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 11, 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 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. Sue Glick (R-LaGrange) and State Reps. David Abbott (R-Rome City), Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) and Denny Zent (R-Angola), five locally owned farms were recently honored:

  • The Gallup farm in Noble County received a Centennial Award;
  • The Getts farm in DeKalb County received a Centennial Award;
  • The Justus Butler farm in Steuben County received a Centennial and Sesquicentennial award;
  • The Shive-Balliet farm in Noble County received a Centennial and Sesquicentennial award; and
  • The Teeters-Notestine farm in LaGrange received a Centennial Award.

“Agriculture is a multi-billion dollar industry in Indiana, and these awards are a great way to recognize families whose farms have anchored the industry for decades," Glick said. "Congratulations to these five families, and I hope to see continued prosperity for them."

"I'm in awe of these farms and all they've had to endure to achieve this type of longevity," Abbott said. "Working with family isn't always easy, but sharing the same commitment and determination for running a successful business can make the job rewarding. I hope these farms continue for generations to come."

"These awards highlight amazing accomplishments, and everyone should know just how tough being a farmer can be," Smaltz said. "Farmers not only need to be able to tend to their crops and livestock, but also run a complex business. That means handling accounting responsibilities, delivering their products, picking up supplies, being their own mechanic and much more. To sustain success for this many years under those circumstances is incredible."

"Agriculture is part of our state's history, and these family farms are a testament to that," Zent said. "The commitment and dedication of these families to help preserve this aspect of Indiana's heritage for over 100 years makes them incredibly deserving of this recognition."

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. Susan Glick represents Senate District 12,
which includes all of LaGrange, Noble and Steuben counties and portions of DeKalb County.

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State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City) represents House District 82, which includes 
all of Noble County and portions of Allen, Elkhart, LaGrange and Whitley counties.
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State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) represents House District 52, which

includes all of DeKalb County, and portions of Steuben and Allen counties.

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State Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola) represents House District 51,

which includes most of LaGrange and Steuben counties.

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