Rep. Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City) was present as Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman presented more than 73 families with the Hoosier Homestead Award Wednesday at the Indiana State Fair.
In honor of Indiana's rich agricultural heritage, the Hoosier Homestead Award program recognizes families that have owned the same family farm for 100 years or more.
Three of the families awarded in today ceremony were from Grant County: the Spangler-Armes Farm from Jonesboro was created in 1911; the Bragg Farm from Marion was created in 1900; and Morgan Farm from Swayzee was created in 1850.
"It was truly an honor to be a part of today's ceremony and to give these individual farmers credit for all that they have done for our community and for our state," said Rep. Mahan. "Having a farm for 100 years or more is commendable."
The Hoosier Homestead program was instituted in 1976 and recognizes the contributions these family farms have made to the economic, cultural and social advancements of Indiana.
Indiana family farms may qualify for one of three awards:
· - Centennial Award - 100 years of ownership
· - Sesquicentennial Award - 150 years of ownership
· - Bicentennial Award - 200 years of ownership
Almost 4,500 farms have received the honor in the past 30 years.