Rep. Smith congratulates local families on longstanding farmsSTATEHOUSE – State Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus) congratulates the Stockhover family from Bartholomew County for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. 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 Stockhover Farm, located in Columbus, Ind., has been in operation since 1879. The family received the Centennial award for over 100 years of ownership.
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.
“This farm, in operation for over 130 years, represents the perseverance of this great Hoosier state and the Indiana agriculture industry,” said Rep. Smith. “I want to send my most sincere congratulations and gratitude to the Stockhover family for their achievement. I wish them more success and bountiful harvests in the years to come.”
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.