The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farming families that have owned and operated the same farm for 100 years or more. Centennial awards were given for 100 years of ownership, while sesquicentennial and bicentennial awards were given for 150 and 200 years of ownership respectively.
The Owens and McAlpin Farm, located in Franklin, has been in operation since 1830. The family received the Sesquicentennial award for over 150 years of ownership.
“The Owens and McAlpin family should be proud of their accomplishment. In fact, I want to congratulate every family who received a Hoosier Homestead Award today,” said Rep. Price. “Agriculture is such a large part of our economy, and it is because of these dedicated Hoosier families that the industry remains strong and successful in our state.”
In 1976, the program was first established to acknowledge Indiana’s farming families that have made contributions to the economy, culture and the state’s overall advancement. Since the program’s inception, roughly 5,000 farms have been recognized for their dedication to Hoosier agriculture.
“Our community is grateful for the hard work and dedication of the Owens and McAlpin family,” said Rep. Price. “This farm, in operation for over 180 years, represents the level of commitment and expertise that Indiana’s farming families have that continues to make agriculture great in our state. I wish this family continued success and bountiful harvests for years to come.”
Each year, two award ceremonies are held; one at the Statehouse in March and the other held at the State Fair in August. For more information on the Hoosier Homestead Award Program or to nominate a family for the award, visit www.in.gov/isda/2337.
Rep. Price represents portions of Johnson and Morgan counties. He serves as a member of the Financial Institutions Committee, the Local Government Committee and the Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee.