STATEHOUSE — State Representative Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City) congratulates the Pence Farm of Blackford County for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The award was presented Thursday by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Ted McKinney 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. Located in Blackford County, the Pence Farm has been in operation since 1887. They received the centennial award.
“The agriculture industry is a driving force behind our state’s economy,” said Rep. Mahan. “The Pence family has contributed many years of hard work and dedication, and they deserve to be recognized for their contributions to Blackford County as well as our state as a whole”
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 Pence family has built in Blackford County,” said Rep. Mahan. “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.