[r13] Hoosier farmers recognized for achievements

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Friday, March 22, 2013

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Sharon Negele (R-Attica) congratulates the Carson Farm of Benton County for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The award was presented today by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and Agriculture Director Gina Sheets at the Indiana Statehouse.

The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes families with farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more. The Carson Farm has been in operation since 1909. Located in Fowler, Ind., the Carson Farm was recognized for their hard work and commitment to agriculture.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy,” said Rep. Negele. “The agriculture industry in particular is a large driving force behind our state’s economy. This family’s commitment to agriculture deserves special recognition.”

The program began in 1976 to acknowledge the contributions these families have made to Indiana agriculture. More than 5,000 farms have been recognized since the program was established.

Two awards ceremonies are held each year, in the spring and summer, to commemorate the achievements of the many outstanding Hoosier farmers across the state.

“I am proud of the legacy the Carson Farm has built in Benton County,” said Rep. Negele. “I hope they continue to carry on their rich farming tradition and have many years of abundant harvests to come.”

For more information on the Hoosier Homestead Award Program, visit www.in.gov/isda/2337.