The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes families with farms that have been owned by the same family for 100 years or more. Forty-six Centennial awards were given for 100 years of ownership and 29 Sesquicentennial awards recognized 150 years.
The Gray Farm, located in Churubusco, Ind., was recognized with the Centennial Hoosier Homestead Award for being in operation since 1888. The Stout Farm, located in Kendallville, Ind., received the Sesquicentennial Hoosier Homestead Award for farming since 1844. 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.
“It’s a tremendous accomplishment to own a business for over 100 years or even 150 years,” said Rep. Heuer. “These families value the importance of the agriculture industry by dedicating generations of work to preserve it. Their achievements deserve the utmost respect.”
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 www.in.gov/isda/2337.
Rep. Heuer represents parts of Allen, Noble and Whitley Counties.