STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Dave Ober (R-Albion) congratulates the Barrett family from Fort Wayne 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 Tucker Farm began operations in 1871 and received the Centennial award for more than 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.
“The Barrett family is a leading example of Hoosier agricultural growth, and I am pleased that they have received this recognition for their hard work, which will set a great example to other farmers,” said Rep. Ober. “Hoosier agriculture is the backbone of our economy, and I am thankful for families like this who persevere and keep our heritage strong.”
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. David Ober represents all of Noble County and portions of Allen, Elkhart, LaGrange and Whitley counties.