[r13] Hoosier Homestead Awards recognize rich agricultural heritage

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Thursday, March 27, 2014

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Sharon Negele (R-Attica) congratulates the Mathew Farm of White County and the Grimes/Vollmer Farm of Fountain County for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. Rep. Negele joined Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Ted McKinney at the Indiana Statehouse on Thursday to present the award.

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 Mathew Farm has been in operation since 1913. Located in Wolcott, Ind., the Mathew Farm was recognized for their hard work and commitment to agriculture. The Grimes/Vollmer Farm, located in Covington, Ind., was established in 1913. Both families received the centennial award.

“Agriculture plays a vital role in the economic stability of Indiana,” said Rep. Negele. “The commitment of these families deserves special recognition, and I want to express my thanks to them for all they have done and continue to do.”

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.

“Since the founding of our state, agriculture has played a significant role in our livelihood,” said Rep. Negele. “None of that would be possible if it weren’t for the tireless work of families like these.”

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