[R82] Hoosier Homestead Award Presented to Raber Family (8/9/2012)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Start Date: 8/9/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 8/9/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM
STATEHOUSE — Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman and Agriculture Director Joe Kelsay honored the Raber Farm at Wednesday’s Hoosier Homestead Award Ceremony at the Indiana State Fair. The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes families with farms that have been owned by the same family for 100 years or more. Forty-six Centennial awards were given for 100 years of ownership and 29 Sesquicentennial awards recognized 150 years.

The Raber Farm, located in Bluffton, began operation in 1912. They received the centennial award for 100 years of ownership.

The Hoosier Homestead Award Program began in 1976 to acknowledge the contributions these families have made to Indiana agriculture. Over 5,000 farms have received the award in the past 30 years.

“I want to congratulate the Raber family on their commitment to agriculture in our community,” said Rep. Jeff Espich (R-Uniondale). “Farms, like those honored today, are essential to Indiana’s economy.”

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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