Rep. Soliday congratulates local family on long-standing farm

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Friday, August 14, 2015 4:00 pm

STATEHOUSE- State Representative Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) congratulates the Kuehl family 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.

This program recognizes farming families that have owned and operated the same farm for 100 years or more. The Kuehl Farm, located in Porter County, was established in 1874 and received the centennial award for over 100 years of ownership.

“I applaud the Kuehl family for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award,” said Rep. Soliday. “The agriculture industry continues to thrive in Northwest Indiana and across the state because of the perseverance and devotion farming families, like the Kuehls.”

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


Rep. Soliday represents the city of Valparaiso, all of Center, Union and Washington townships and portions of Liberty and Jackson townships.

Note to the Editor: Below is a photo of the Kuehl family at the Hoosier Homestead Awards ceremony.