Rep. Gutwein congratulates local families on long-standing farms

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Friday, March 6, 2015 8:00 am

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) congratulates three local families on 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 following list includes the local families that received Hoosier Homestead Awards:

  • The Groet Farm, located in Jasper County, has been operated since 1889 and received the centennial award.
  • The Bridgeman Farm, located in Newton County, has been operated since 1874 and received the centennial award.
  • The Kruger Farm, located in Pulaski County, has been operated since 1913 and received the centennial award.

“I applaud these local families for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award,” said Rep. Gutwein. “The agriculture industry continues to thrive in Northwest Indiana and across the state because of their perseverance and devotion.”

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. Gutwein represents all of Pulaski County and portions of Fulton, Jasper, Newton and Starke counties.