Rep. Baird congratulates local family on long-standing farm

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Friday, August 14, 2015 4:00 pm

STATEHOUSE- State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) congratulates the Hanson-Strietelmeier family for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The awards were presented by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann in the Farm Bureau Building at the Indiana State Fair.

This program recognizes farming families that have owned and operated the same farm for 100 years or more. The Hanson & Strietelmeier Farm, located in Putnam County, has been in operation since 1856 and received the sesquincentennial award for over 150 years of ownership.

“The hard work and dedication of this family is invaluable to our community and to the agriculture industry,” said Rep. Baird. “The expertise of these farming families helps us maintain a strong economy and agricultural reputation both in West Central Indiana and across the state.”

In 1976, the program was first established to acknowledge Indiana’s farming families that have made contributions to the economy, culture and the state’s overall advancement. Since the program’s inception, roughly 5,000 farms have been recognized for their dedication to Hoosier agriculture.

Each year, two award ceremonies are held; one at the Statehouse in February and the other held at the Indiana State Fair in August. For more information on the Hoosier Homestead Award Program or to nominate a family for the award, visit


Rep. Baird represents all of Putnam County and portions of Clay, Morgan, Owen and Parke counties.

Note to the Editor: Below is a photo of the Hanson-Strietelmeier family at the Hoosier Homestead Awards ceremony.