Lucas: Local farms honored at the Statehouse

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Friday, April 7, 2017

STATEHOUSE (April 7, 2017) — State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) and State Sen. Jim Smith (R-Charlestown) today honored a pair of locally owned family farms for being in operation for more than 100 years.

The Wischmeier/Wehmiller farm, located in Jackson County, and the Owens farm, located in Jefferson County, were recognized at the Statehouse with Hoosier Homestead awards for over 100 years of family farm ownership.

The Wischmeier/Wehmiller farm has been in operation since 1866 and received a sesquicentennial award. The Owens farm has been in operation since 1916 and received a centennial award.

“Farming operations like these in Jackson and Jefferson counties provide jobs to hard-working Hoosiers while putting food on our tables,” Lucas said. “I congratulate these families on their dedication to keeping our agriculture industry strong and growing.”

“Agriculture is the backbone of the Hoosier state,” Smith said. “These families provide jobs and food for their communities, and help create a strong economy for fellow Hoosiers. Congratulations to these Hoosier families, and thank you for your hard work.”

The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more.

Two awards ceremonies are held each year, in spring and summer, to commemorate the achievements of farmers across the state. For more information on the Hoosier Homestead Award Program, visit


State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) represents House District 69, which includes

portions of Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings and Jefferson counties.

State Sen. Jim Smith (R-Charlestown) represents Senate District 45, which includes
Jefferson, Scott, and Switzerland counties and portions of Clark and Jackson counties.