Rep. Ziemke congratulates local families on long-standing farms

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Friday, August 14, 2015

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) congratulates local families from Fayette and Franklin counties for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The awards were presented by Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann at the Indiana State Fair.

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 respectively.

The following list includes the local families that received Hoosier Homestead Awards:

  • The McDivitt Farm, located in Fayette County, has been operated since 1911 and received the Centennial award.
  • The Schrank Farm, located in Franklin County, has been operated since 1913 and received the Centennial award.
  • The Koester Family Farm, located in Franklin County, has been operated since 1865 and received the Sesquicentennial award.

“I applaud each of these families for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award after dedicating over 100 years to Indiana agriculture,” said Rep. Ziemke. “Our rich agricultural heritage has been shaped by their hard work and dedication, and I am honored to recognize their achievements.”

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 www.in.gov/isda/2337.htm.

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Rep. Ziemke (R-Batesville) represents portions of Rush, Fayette, Franklin, Ripley and Decatur counties.