STATEHOUSE - State Representative Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) congratulates the Boezeman family of Jasper County for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The awards were presented by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann in the Farm Bureau Building at the Indiana State Fair.
“I applaud the Boezeman family for receiving this award. They should be very proud of their accomplishment, and their perseverance and devotion to Indiana agriculture is admirable,” said Rep. Gutwein.
The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farming families that have owned and operated the same farm for 100 years or more. Centennial awards were given for 100 years of ownership, while sesquicentennial and bicentennial awards were given for 150 and 200 years of ownership respectively.
In 1976, the program was first established to acknowledge the contributions made by these long-standing, farming families to Indiana’s economy, reputation and overall advancement. Since the program’s inception, roughly 5,000 farms have been recognized for their dedication to Hoosier agriculture.
The DeHaan and Boezeman Farm, located in DeMotte, has been in operation since 1914. The family received the Centennial award for over 100 years of ownership.
“Agriculture is critical to our state and local economies, especially in Northwest Indiana, and it is because of these families that this industry continues to thrive and grow,” said Rep. Gutwein.
Each year, two award ceremonies are held; one at the Statehouse in February and the other held at the State Fair in August. For more information on the Hoosier Homestead Award Program or to nominate a family for the award, visit www.in.gov/isda/2337
Rep. Gutwein represents all of Pulaski County and portions of Fulton, Jasper, Newton and Starke counties.