STATEHOUSE — State Representative Casey Cox (R-Fort Wayne) congratulates the Werling family from Allen 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 Werling Farm, located in Allen County, has been in operation since 1903. They received the centennial award for 100 years of ownership.
“Over the past 100 years, the Werling family has created a strong legacy,” said Rep. Cox. “Farming is more than acres of land. Farming is a lifelong commitment to hard work and a desire to help feed your neighbors. I congratulate the Werling family, and I wish them bountiful returns for generations to come.”
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 www.in.gov/isda/2337.htm.
Rep. Cox serves a portion of Allen County.