Rep. Turner congratulates local families on longstanding farms
STATEHOUSE – State Representative P. Eric Turner (R-Cicero) congratulates the Michel family farm from Tipton, Ind. and the Richardson family farm from Sheridan, Ind. for receiving Hoosier Homestead Awards. The awards were presented by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and Agriculture Director Gina Sheets at the Indiana State Fair today.
The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes families with farms that have been owned by the same family for 100 years or more. Fifty-four Centennial awards were given for 100 years of ownership, 15 Sesquicentennial awards recognized 150 years and three Bicentennial awards for operating at least 200 years in the Hoosier state.
The Michel and Richardson farms have been owned and operated since 1906 and 1887, respectively. Both families received Centennial awards.
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.
“These families embody what it is to be a Hoosier. They have withstood the tests of time through hard work and dedication, owning and operating their farms for over a century. The tradition of farming in Indiana is the strength of our heritage as Hoosiers. Each one of these families deserves the recognition from this award for being dedicated to feeding Hoosiers and being a staple of our economy,” said Rep. Turner. “Every year offers new challenges to farmers, and these families have overcome every obstacle. I wish them a hundred more years of bountiful harvests.”
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.