Marshall County farms receive Hoosier Homestead Awards at Indiana State Fair

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Friday, August 17, 2018


STATEHOUSE (Aug. 17, 2018) —
Local family farms were recently recognized at the Indiana State Fair for being in operation for 100 years or more, according to area legislators.

The Gottschalk Farm, located in Bourbon, has been in operation since 1858 and received both the Centennial and Sesquicentennial Award.

“These farmers have spent countless hours providing for our communities, state and country,” said State Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport). “I am proud of their years of hard work, and I thank them for their dedication to the agriculture industry. They are truly deserving of these awards.”

The Sahlhoff Farm, located in Bremen, has been in operation since 1887 and received the Centennial Award.

“Indiana is a state built on agribusiness,” said State Rep. Jack Jordan (R-Bremen). “We are home to nearly 60,000 farms, cultivating more than 14 million acres that produce a variety of crops and livestock, making Indiana an ideal location for agricultural business opportunities. Family-owned farms like these are essential for sustaining economic growth.”

“Family-owned farms have always played an important role in Indiana's rich agricultural history and economy,” said State Sen. Ryan Mishler (R-Bremen). “Owning and operating a farm for over 100 years is a remarkable accomplishment. Congratulations to these families, and thank you for your many years of hard work.”

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, two 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. Randy Head (R-Logansport) represents Senate District 18, which includes

Cass, Fulton, Miami and portions of Carroll, Kosciusko and Marshall counties.

 

State Rep. Jack Jordan (R-Bremen) represents House District 17, which

includes all of Marshall County and a large portion of Fulton County.

 

State Sen. Ryan Mishler (R-Bremen) represents Senate District 9,

which includes portions of Elkhart, Kosciusko, Marshall and St. Joseph counties.

 

PHOTO CAPTION: Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture Bruce Kettler (far left) and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch (far right) present a Hoosier Homestead Award to the Gottschalk family on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more.

 

PHOTO CAPTION: Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture Bruce Kettler (far left) and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch (far right) present a Hoosier Homestead Award to the Sahlhoff family on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more.