[r69] Rep. Lucas congratulates local families on longstanding farms

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Friday, August 9, 2013

STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) congratulates William Holmes Thompson from Jackson County and the Phillips family from Jennings 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 this week.

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 Thompson Farm, located in Seymour, Ind., began in 1906. The Phillips Farm, located in Commiskey, Ind., has been in operation since 1889. Both 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.

“Both of these recipients have worked hard to maintain their farming heritage, and they deserve our most sincere recognition and praise,” said Rep. Lucas. “Agriculture is the foundation of our state, and the commitment these folks have made to preserve that tradition is truly remarkable.”

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.

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Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) Covering portions of Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings and Jefferson counties. He serves as a member of the Public Policy, Education and Environmental Affairs committees.