Rep. Washburne congratulates local family on long-standing farm

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Rep. Washburne congratulates local family on long-standing farm

STATEHOUSE- State Representative Tom Washburne (R-Evansville) congratulates the Emerson and Bratton family from Gibson 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.

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 Emerson/Bratton Farm LLC, located in Cynthiana, has been in operation since 1811. The family received the Bicentennial award for over 200 years of ownership.

“To keep a family farm operating for over 200 years is absolutely incredible,” said Rep. Washburne. “That accomplishment is a testament to the true grit of hardworking Hoosier farmers.”

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.

“I applaud the Emerson and Bratton family for their continued dedication to agriculture, not only as a livelihood, but also as a tradition to be passed down over generations,” said Rep. Washburne. “They deserve our state’s highest recognition.”

Each year, two award ceremonies are held; one at the Statehouse in February and the other at the State Fair in August. For more information on the Hoosier Homestead Award Program or to nominate a family for the award, visit />


State Rep. Tom Washburne serves as Vice Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. He also serves on the Financial Institutions Committee and the Select Committee on Government Reduction. Rep. Washburne represents the entirety of Gibson County and portions of Knox, Pike, Vanderburgh and Posey counties.