[r69] Hoosier Homestead Awards recognize rich agricultural heritage

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Friday, March 28, 2014

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) congratulates the Kruse and Tape farms, both of Jackson County, for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The award was presented by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and Agriculture Director Ted McKinney at the Indiana Statehouse on Thursday.

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 Kruse Farm, in operation since 1913, received the Centennial award. The Tape Farm, in operation since 1863, received the Sesquicentennial award.

“I am proud to have such longstanding farms right here in Jackson County,” said Rep. Lucas. “These families’ commitment to agriculture is deserving of praise, and I want to congratulate them on their achievement.”

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.

“Agriculture has historically been the cornerstone of Indiana’s economy,” said Rep. Lucas. “I commend these award winners for helping to boost our state commercially, and also for preserving their respective family’s heritage and way of life.”

For more information on the Hoosier Homestead Award Program, visit http://www.in.gov/isda/2337.htm.

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Rep. Lucas (R-Seymour) represents portions of Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings and Jefferson counties.