[r85] Hoosier Homestead Award (2/18/2009)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Start Date: 2/18/2009 All Day
End Date: 2/18/2009

Congratulations to Delmar and Patricia Gerbers for receiving the Centennial Hoosier Homestead Award on Friday, February 13th.  They are honored for their agricultural heritage contributions to our state.


Delmar and Patricia Gerbers are from New Haven and this is their one hundredth and one year of managing their family farm since 1908.  


In 1976, Indiana started the Hoosier Homestead Award program to honor Indiana's rich agricultural industry. The Hoosier Homestead Award recognizes farms operated by the same family for over 100 years. There are three awards according to years of ownership:

  • Centennial Award - 100 years of ownership
  • Sesquicentennial Award - 150 years of ownership
  • Bicentennial Award - 200 years of ownership


These awards are administered by the state's Department of Agriculture. The ISDA stresses the importance of family farms to Indiana's social and economic advancement.


If you want to apply for the Hoosier Homestead Award or know someone who does qualify, please go to http://www.in.gov/isda/2340.htm, where you can find more information and print off an application. You can also call my assistant Caitlin Gamble at (317) 232-9753 and request an application to be mailed to your home.


To qualify for the Hoosier Homestead Award, the following criteria must be met:

  • Farm size must be a minimum of twenty acres OR produce a minimum of one thousand dollars in agricultural products in 12 months.
  • Farm ownership must be in the same family for at least 100 years and there must be a direct relationship between the present farm owner and the owner 100 years ago.


Those who qualify for the Hoosier Homestead Award will be recognized at a ceremony held at the State Capitol. Each family will receive a certificate signed by the governor and lieutenant governor.