Rep. Heaton congratulates local families on long-standing farms

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Friday, August 14, 2015 4:00 pm

STATEHOUSE- State Representative Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) congratulates the Beatty and Whitecotten families 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.

This program recognizes farming families that have owned and operated the same farm for 100 years or more. The Beatty Farm, located in Owen County, has been in operation since 1898 and the Whitecotten Farm, located in Vigo County, has been in operation since 1876. Both families received the centennial award for over 100 years of ownership.

“I am proud to have these dedicated families in our community, contributing to Indiana’s legacy as a strong agriculture state,” said Rep. Heaton. “As a rural area, the farming industry is so important to West Central Indiana, and these families are vital to the continued economic prosperity of our community and state.”

In 1976, the program was first established to acknowledge Indiana’s farming families that have made contributions to the economy, culture and the state’s overall advancement. Since the program’s inception, roughly 5,000 farms have been recognized for their dedication to Hoosier agriculture.

Each year, two award ceremonies are held; one at the Statehouse in February and the other held at the Indiana State Fair in August. For more information on the Hoosier Homestead Award Program or to nominate a family for the award, visit


Rep. Heaton represents portions of Clay, Monroe, Owen and Vigo counties.

Note to the Editor: Below are photos of the Beatty family joined by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann at the Hoosier Homestead Awards ceremony.