Rep. Koch congratulates local families on Homestead farms

Posted by: Kathryn Frakes  | Tuesday, August 5, 2014

STATEHOUSE - State Representative Eric Koch (R-Bedford) congratulates the Hunter family of Lawrence County and the Roush family of Brown 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 want to congratulate the Hunter and Roush families as well as all of the families who received the Hoosier Homestead Award today,” said Rep. Koch. “These families embody the perseverance it takes to keep a farm in the family for many generations.”

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.

The Hunter Farm, located in Heltonville, has been in operation since 1850, and the Roush Farm has been in operation since 1849. Both of these families received the Sesquicentennial award for over 150 years of ownership.

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 State Fair in August. For more information on the Hoosier Homestead Award Program or to nominate a family for the award, visit


 Rep. Koch serves House District 65, which includesall of Brown County, most of Lawrence County and parts of Monroe, Jackson and Johnson Counties.