Rep. Judy congratulates local family on long-standing farm

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Monday, March 9, 2015

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Christopher Judy (R-Fort Wayne) congratulates the Smith/Ferrell family from Whitley County for 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 Smith Farm, located in Whitley County, has been in operation since 1852. They received the sesquicentennial award for over 150 years of ownership.

“For over a century and a half, the Smith family has devoted their time and energy into maintaining their family farm, and I commend them for their efforts,” said Rep. Judy. “Indiana has a rich agricultural heritage. This award honors these families for providing the structure and backbone to continue to grow our Hoosier economy.”

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. Judy (R-Fort Wayne) represents portions of Whitley and Allen counties. He serves as a member of the Agriculture and Rural Development, Natural Resources and Veterans Affairs and Public Safety committees.