STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) congratulates the Cather family from DeKalb County for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The award was presented today by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and Agriculture Director Gina Sheets 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. The Cather Farm has been owned and operated by the Cather family since 1848. Located in Hamilton, Ind., the Cather family was recognized for their hard work and commitment to agriculture.
“The Cather family is a shining example of Hoosiers’ dedication to agriculture,” said Rep. Smaltz. “I commend them for being a part of Indiana’s vibrant and growing agriculture industry with over 150 years of family farming under their belt. They deserve our respect and recognition for their hard work and achievements.”
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.
“The Cathers have truly left an impact on Hoosiers across the state,” said Rep. Smaltz. “Indiana was built on the hard work of farmers, which still remains a driving force for the state’s economy. I hope that the Cathers realize another 150 years of plentiful harvests and good fortune as they strengthen Indiana’s rich, farming traditions.”
For more information on the Hoosier Homestead Award Program, visit www.in.gov/isda/2337.