STATEHOUSE – State Representative Alan Morrison (R-Terre Haute) congratulates the Grimes and Vollmer families from Fountain County for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The award was presented by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and Agriculture Director Gina Sheets at the Indiana State Fair yesterday.
The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes families with farms that have been owned by the same family for 100 years or more. Fifty-four Centennial awards were given for 100 years of ownership, 15 Sesquicentennial awards recognized 150 years and three Bicentennial awards for operating at least 200 years in the Hoosier state.
The Grimes and Vollmer Farm, located in Covington, Ind., began in 1913. The family received the Centennial award for 100 years of ownership.
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.
“Presenting the Hoosier Homestead Award to these families is the least we can do to acknowledge their 100 years dedicated to Hoosier agriculture,” said Rep. Morrison. “Operating a farm and keeping it in the family for over a century is a major accomplishment, and they truly deserve recognition for their hard work and incredible devotion to feeding Hoosiers.”
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.