STATEHOUSE (April 7, 2017) — State Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth) and State Sen. Erin Houchin (R-Salem) today honored three locally owned family farms for being in operation for more than 100 years.
The Egler farm and Leo C. Welp farm, located in Dubois County, and the Casey farm, located in Perry County, were recognized at the Statehouse with Hoosier Homestead awards for over 100 years of family farm ownership.
The Egler farm has been in operation since 1841 and received a centennial and sesquicentennial award. The Leo C. Welp farm has been in operation since 1916 and received a centennial award. The Casey farm has been in operation since 1867 and received a sesquicentennial award.
“Over 100,000 jobs are supported by Indiana agriculture and it starts with family farms like the ones honored today,” Arnold said. “Owning and operating a farm for several generations is no easy task, and I congratulate these families on over a century of farm ownership and thank them for their contributions to their communities.”
“Indiana’s recent celebration of our bicentennial illustrated how much of our Hoosier heritage is rooted in agriculture,” Houchin said. “These families provide jobs, food on our tables and economic activity in our local communities. I thank them for their hard work and dedication and wish them continued success.”
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 www.in.gov/isda/2337.htm.
State Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth) represents House District 74, which
includes portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.
State Sen. Erin Houchin (R-Salem) represents Senate District 47, which includes
Crawford, Orange, Harrison, Perry and Washington counties, and portions of Dubois County.
Below is a photo of the award recipients from the Egler farm accepting the Hoosier Homestead Award.
Below is a photo of the award recipients from the Leo C. Welp farm accepting the Hoosier Homestead Award.
Below is a photo of the award recipients from the Casey farm accepting the Hoosier Homestead Award.