Rep. Behning honors local family for historic farm

Posted by: Kim Heffner  | Monday, March 9, 2015

STATEHOUSE — State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) congratulates the Mendenhall-Barnett-Gaston family from Marion County for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The award was presented by Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann at the Indiana Statehouse.

The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farming families who have owned and operated the same farm for 100 years or more. Families who have owned a farm for 100 years were presented with centennial awards, while those with 150 and 200 years of ownership were presented with sesquicentennial and bicentennial awards.

The Mendenhall-Barnett-Gaston Farm, located in Marion County, has been in operation since 1831. They received the sesquicentennial award for 150 years of ownership.

“Over the last century and a half, the Mendenhall-Barnett-Gaston family has dedicated their lives to serving our community in the agricultural sector,” said Rep. Behning. “Agriculture has always been important to Indiana, and this award recognizes the value long-standing farm owners bring to our communities.”

The program was established in 1976 to acknowledge the contributions made by these farming families to Indiana’s economy, reputation and overall advancement. Since its inauguration, the program has recognized more than 5,000 farms for their dedication to Hoosier agriculture.

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


Rep. Behning represents portions of Marion and Hendricks counties. He also serves as Chairman of the Education Committee.