Rep. Braun congratulates local family on long-standing farm

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Friday, March 6, 2015

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Mike Braun (R-Jasper) congratulates the Ketzner family from Dubois 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 Ketzner Farm, located in Dubois County, has been in operation since 1864. They received the Sesquicentennial Award for 150 years of ownership.

“I am proud of the hard work and dedication the Ketzner family has given to maintaining our rich agricultural heritage,” said Rep. Braun. “Owning and operating a farm for 150 years is truly remarkable, and it is because of the Ketzner family’s commitment to agriculture, which is vital to our economy, that we can continue to build upon Indiana’s strong fiscal foundation.”

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. Braun (R-Jasper) represents portions of Daviess, Dubois, Pike and Martin Counties. He serves on the Ways and Means and Roads and Transportation committees.