Rep. Arnold: Local farms honored at the Statehouse

Rep. Arnold: Local farms honored at the Statehouse

Posted by: Peter Hoffman and Abigail Campbell  | Friday, April 7, 2017

STATEHOUSE (April 7, 2017) — State Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth) and State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) today honored a pair of locally owned family farms for being in operation for more than 100 years.

The Schaaf/Hay farm, located in Spencer County, and Balsmeyer Family Farm, located in Dubois County, were recognized at the Statehouse with Hoosier Homestead awards for over 100 years of family farm ownership.

The Schaaf/Hay farm has been in operation since 1892 and received a centennial award. The Balsmeyer Family Farm has been in operation since 1853 and received centennial and sesquicentennial awards.

“Farming is a way of life, part of our Hoosier history and a driver of the economy,” Arnold said. “Indiana is made up of small farming communities that are vital to the state’s success and the families honored today are a testament to that.”

“Agriculture is not only a big part of our community, but of our state as well,” Messmer said. “Farming creates jobs and provides food for Hoosiers across the state. Congratulations to these families on their dedication to agriculture and all the hard work they have put in to be successful.” 

The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more.

Two awards ceremonies are held each year, in spring and summer, to commemorate the achievements of farmers across the state. For more information on the Hoosier Homestead Award Program, visit


State Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth) represents House District 74,

which includes portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.

State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) represents Senate District 48,

which includes portions of Pike, Dubois, Spencer, Warrick, Gibson and Knox counties.

Above is a photo of the award recipients from the Schaaf/Hay farm accepting the Hoosier Homestead Award.

Award recipients from the Balsmeyer Family farm were not in attendance, but were still recognized at the ceremony.