Pressel: Local farm honored at the Statehouse

Posted by: Hannah Carlock  | Friday, April 7, 2017 3:05 pm

STATEHOUSE (April 7, 2017) — State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) and State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) today honored a locally owned family farm for being in operation for more than 100 years.

The Luedtke Dairy Farm, located in Starke County, was recognized at the Statehouse with a Hoosier Homestead award for more than 100 years of family farm ownership.

In operation since 1896, the Luedtke Dairy Farm received the centennial award.

“Family-owned farms are the cornerstone of Indiana’s agricultural heritage,” Charbonneau said. “We are thankful for the hard work the Luedtke family has put into their dairy farm, which supports our local communities and the entire state of Indiana.”

“Indiana produces more than $688 million in dairy products each year,” Pressel said. “The Luedtke farm, along with the rest of Indiana’s family farms, deserve to be recognized for their economic contributions. For more than 100 years, families like the Luedtkes have been dedicating their lives to the farming tradition and putting food on our tables.”

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 Pressel represents House District 20,
which includes portions of LaPorte and Starke counties.

State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) represents Senate District 5,

which includes Pulaski County and portions of Jasper, LaPorte, Porter and Starke counties.

NOTE TO THE EDITOR: Attached and below is a picture of the Luedtke Dairy Farm receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award at the Statehouse.