[R24] Hoosier Homestead Awards Presented to Local Farms (8/9/2012)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Start Date: 8/9/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 8/9/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM
STATEHOUSE — Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman and Agriculture Director Joe Kelsay honored the Samuel and Malinda Smith Stephen Farm and the Shaffer Farm at Wednesday’s Hoosier Homestead Award Ceremony at the Indiana State Fair. The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes families with farms that have been owned by the same family for 100 years or more. Forty-six Centennial awards were given for 100 years of ownership and 29 Sesquicentennial awards recognized 150 years.

The Samuel and Malinda Smith Stephen Farm, located in Logansport, began in 1844. They received the sesquicentennial award for 150 years of ownership.

The Shaffer Farm received the centennial award for 100 years of ownership. The farm began in 1890 and is also located in Logansport.

The Hoosier Homestead Award Program began in 1976 to acknowledge the contributions these families have made to Indiana agriculture. Over 5,000 farms have received the award in the past 30 years.

“I want to congratulate these families on their commitment to agriculture in our community,” said Rep. Rich McClain (R-Logansport). “Their years of service are certainly worthy of recognition.”

Two award ceremonies are held each year – one at the Statehouse in February and one at the State Fair in August.

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

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