STATEHOUSE – State Representative Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) congratulates the Lantz and Merlau Farms for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. Both farms are located in Hancock County. 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 Lantz Farm, located in New Palestine, has been owned and operated since 1848. They are celebrating their sesquicentennial anniversary. The Merlau Farm, also located in New Palestine, was opened in 1899. This year marks their 114th year in operation. Both families were recognized for their strong commitment to agriculture in the state of Indiana.
“The agriculture industry is the foundation of Indiana’s culture and economy,” said Rep. Cherry. “These families have contributed many years of hard work and dedication and they deserve to be recognized for their contributions to Hancock County as well as our state as a whole.”
The program began in 1976 to acknowledge the contributions that 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.
“Hancock County is a very rural, agricultural area,” said Rep. Cherry. “It is such an honor to have not just one, but two family farms being recognized in our county. I commend these families and wish them many more years of success.”
For more information on the Hoosier Homestead Award Program, visit www.in.gov/isda/2337.