Hoosier farmers recognized for achievements
STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth) congratulates the Auffart, Bilderback, Johanneman, and Key family’s 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 Hoosier economy was built in large part by Indiana’s hard working farmers,” said Rep. Arnold. “Farmers from our community are an outstanding example of Indiana’s dedication to agriculture and the commitment to preserving the cornerstone of our economy.”
The Auffart Farm has been owned and operated by the Auffart family since 1843. Located in Ferdinand, Ind., the Auffart family received the Hoosier Homestead Sesquicentennial Award.
The Langebrake-Bilderback Farm has been owned and operated by the Bilderback family since 1901. Located in Holland, Ind., the Bilderback received the Hoosier Homestead Centennial Award.
The Johanneman Farm has been owned and operated by the Johanneman family since 1854, and is located in Ferdinand, Ind. The Johanneman family received the Hoosier Homestead Sesquicentennial Award.
The Agan Homestead Farm has been owned and operated by the Key family since 1825. Located in Marengo, Ind., the Key family received the Hoosier Homestead Sesquicentennial.
The program began in 1976 to acknowledge the contributions 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.
“I wish all of the families another 100 years of good fortune and plentiful harvests as they continue to bolster exemplary Hoosier farming traditions,” said Rep. Arnold.
For more information on the Hoosier Homestead Award Program, visit www.in.gov/isda/2337.