Rep. Lehman honors local families for historic farms

Posted by: Kim Heffner  | Monday, March 9, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Matt Lehman (R-Berne) congratulates the Lawrence Fuelling family from Adams County and the Wenger family from Wells County for receiving Hoosier Homestead Awards. The awards were 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 Lawrence Fuelling farm, located in Adams County, has been in operation since 1871, and the Wenger farm in Wells County has been in business since 1907. Both families received the centennial award for 100 years of ownership.

“Through hard work and dedication, these families exemplify the values and what it means to be a Hoosier,” said Rep. Lehman. “Agriculture has always been important in Indiana, and these family farms are the reason why this industry continues to grow and thrive in our state.”

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. Lehman represents all of Adams County and portions of Allen and Wells counties. He serves as the Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore and Chairman of the Insurance Committee. He also serves on the Courts and Criminal Code and Public Policy committees.