Rep. Gutwein congratulates local families on longstanding farms

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Friday, August 9, 2013 8:00 am

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) congratulates the Hitchings family from Jasper County, the White family from Pulaski County and the Seghetti family from Starke County for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The awards were presented by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and Agriculture Director Gina Sheets at the Indiana State Fair recently.

The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes families with farms that have been owned by the same family for 100 years or more. Fifty-four Centennial awards were given for 100 years of ownership, 15 Sesquicentennial awards recognized 150 years and three Bicentennial awards for operating at least 200 years in the Hoosier state.

The Seghetti Farm, located in North Judson, Ind., began in 1913, and the Hitchings Farm and the Toben Farms, both located in Rensselear, Ind., have been in operation since 1889 and 1913, respectively. All three families received the Centennial award for over 100 years of ownership. Located in Medaryville, Ind., the White Farm has been running since 1863 and received the Sesquicentennial award for 150 years of ownership.

The program began in 1976 to acknowledge the contributions these families have made to Indiana agriculture. More than 5,000 farms have been recognized since the program was established.

“Devoting over 100 years to feeding Hoosiers and to the agriculture industry is commendable, and all of these families deserve recognition for all of their hard work,” said Rep. Gutwein. “These families continue to uphold Indiana’s agricultural legacy by passing down their knowledge from one generation to the next, and I’m pleased that they received recognition for this through the Homestead Hoosier Award.”

Two award ceremonies are held each year – one at the Statehouse in February and one at the State Fair in August.

For more information on the Hoosier Homestead Award Program, visit