Rep. McNamara congratulates local family for their longstanding farm
STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) congratulates the Ries family from Posey 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 Ries Farm, located in Mount Vernon, Ind., began in 1862. The Ries farm received the Sesquicentennial award.
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.
“Hoosier agriculture is the backbone of our state. Family farms bring not only economic stability to Indiana, but also a tradition and sense of what makes a community great. I am proud to congratulate the Ries farm for their accomplishment and wish them the best of luck in continuing to represent our community’s wonderful agriculture heritage,” said Rep. McNamara.
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.
Rep. McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) represents portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties. Rep. McNamara serves as the Vice Chair Courts and Criminal Code and also serves on the Government and Regulatory Reform Committee, Judiciary Committee and Select Committee on Government Reduction.