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

Posted by: Hannah Carlock  | Friday, August 12, 2016 4:30 pm

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 12, 2016) – Two farms in LaPorte County were recognized on Friday with Hoosier Homestead awards for 100 years or more of family farm ownership, according to State Rep. Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte).

The Hews Farm has been in operation since 1864 and received the Hoosier Homestead Sesquicentennial Award. The Bernard and Barbara Hannon Farm has been in operation since 1914 and received the Hoosier Homestead Centennial Award.

“Indiana’s agriculture industry is a critical part of our economy, contributing more than $44 billion and supporting 190,000 Hoosier jobs,” Dermody said. “I am impressed with the commitment of these two families and their investment in agriculture for more than a century. This award recognizes their hard work and dedication.”

The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more.

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


Rep. Dermody represents portions of LaPorte and Starke counties.

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