[r51] Rep. Dodge congratulates local family on receiving Hoosier Homestead award (8/10/2011)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Start Date: 8/10/2011 All Day
End Date: 8/10/2011
STATEHOUSE-State Representative Dick Dodge (R- Pleasant Lake) congratulates the Ridenour family for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. 

Lt. Governor Becky Skillman presented Matthew and April Ridenour with the Hoosier Homestead Award at a special ceremony at the State Fair. The Hoosier Homestead Award program recognizes families with farms that have been owned by the same family for 100 years or more.

The farm has been owned by the Ridenour family since 1858 and was recognized for the lasting impact it has had in Steuben County.

The program was instituted in 1976 and distinguishes eligible family farms for the economic, cultural and social advancements of Indiana.

"I want to congratulate this family on receiving the Hoosier Homestead award," said Rep. Dodge. "Owning and operating a farm for this amount of time takes a tremendous amount of work and dedication and it is an accomplishment that deserves ample recognition."
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.

"Agriculture is an important part of Steuben County and the Ridenour's contribution to our agriculture industry is very impressive," said Rep. Dodge. "I am proud this local family and farm are a part of our community."