Rep. Smaltz congratulates local families on long-standing farms

Posted by: Kathryn Frakes  | Friday, March 6, 2015

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) congratulates three local families for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The awards were presented by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann at the Indiana Statehouse.

The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farming families that 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 following list includes the local families from Dekalb County that received Hoosier Homestead Awards:

The Forrest Homstead has been in operation since 1863 and received the Sesquicentennial award.
The Shilling Farms have been in operation since 1838 and received the Sesquicentennial award.
The Brechbill family of has been in operation since 1915 and received the Centennial award.

“Owning and operating a family farm for over a century is no small accomplishment, and it is this kind of outstanding leadership and entrepreneurship that stands at the foundation of Indiana’s growing economy,” said Rep. Smaltz. “I am proud to live in a state where tradition plays such a substantial role in the agriculture industry, and it is important that we take the time to recognize these incredible families.”

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