Ober: Local Family Farms Receive Hoosier Homestead Awards

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Monday, August 14, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 14, 2017) — Area legislators today announced the latest recipients of the Hoosier Homestead award, which recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more.

Represented by Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) and State Reps. Matt Lehman (R- Berne) and David Ober (R-Albion), two locally owned family farms were honored at the Indiana State Fair. These family farms include: 

  • The Springer farm, located in Ossian, received a Sesquicentennial Award; and 
  • The Stahlhut farm, located in Fort Wayne, received a Centennial Award.

“These families deserve recognition for their longstanding contributions to an important part of our state’s economy and identity,” Long said. “I am happy to congratulate the Springer and Stalhut families on this significant achievement.”

“When faced by World Wars, the Great Depression and urbanization, these families persevered,” Lehman said. “Our community and state has benefited greatly from the steadfast determination of the farming families honored today who undoubtedly confronted many tribulations to reach this milestone.”

“Indiana is home to nearly 60,000 farms, giving them an important role in our state’s economic development and cultural identity,” Ober said. “The dedication demonstrated by these family farms sustains a vibrant and growing agricultural industry, which our state greatly relies on.”

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 www.in.gov/isda/2337.htm.