Rep. Braun: Local farms honored at the Indiana State Fair

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Friday, August 12, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 12, 2016) — Four local farms were recognized on Friday with Hoosier Homestead awards for 100 years or more of family farm ownership, according to State Rep. Mike Braun (R-Jasper).

These local families were honored during a ceremony at the Indiana State Fair:

  • The Mehne-Harris Farm, located in Dubois County, has been in operation since 1891 and received the centennial award;
  • The Johann Frederick Steinkamp Sr. Farm, located in Dubois County, has been in operation since 1841 and received the sesquicentennial award;
  • The Arvin-Mauder Farm, located in Martin County, has been in operation since 1844 and received the sesquicentennial award; and
  • The Mauder Family Farm, located in Martin County, has been in operation since 1914 and received the centennial award.

“Indiana’s agriculture industry is a critical part of our economy, generating more than $30 billion and employing 245,000 Hoosiers,” Braun said. “It is important to recognize these local farms for their contribution to our community and state.”

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.

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State Rep. Mike Braun (R-Jasper) represents portions of Daviess, Dubois, Pike and Martin counties.

A high-resolution photo of Braun can be downloaded by clicking here.