STATEHOUSE (Aug. 15, 2019) – Area legislators recently announced the latest recipients of the Hoosier Homestead Award, which recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more.
The Hoosier Homestead Award Program honors families that have made significant contributions to Indiana agriculture. The program, instituted in 1976, recognizes the impact these family farms have made to the economic, cultural and social advancements of Indiana. In the past 40 years, more than 5,500 farms have received the honor.
Represented by State Sen. Eric Bassler (R-Washington) and State Reps. Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville), Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) and Shane Lindauer (R-Jasper), seven locally owned farms were honored at the Indiana State Fair:
“Whether you’re visiting a farmers market or driving behind a piece of farm equipment on the road, it’s clear that agriculture is a major part of our community and state,” Bassler said. “Farming is not only a career, but a lifestyle, and I’m incredibly grateful to these local farm families for their many years of dedication to the Indiana agriculture industry.”
“Farming has changed so much just in my lifetime,” Borders said. “For these family farms to persevere for more than a century is a remarkable accomplishment. Our community is fortunate to have these longstanding farms contributing greatly to our state.”
“Farm families like these impact Indiana in a variety of ways,” Heaton said. “These and other farms are a cornerstone of our economy, providing jobs and products to our community and Hoosiers across the state.”
“Family farms are an essential part of our community, and it is important for us to recognize the commitment of these families to the rich tradition of Hoosier agriculture,” Lindauer said. “Farming is incredibly difficult work, and we all benefit from the perseverance of these families and what they do for our state.”
To be named a Hoosier Homestead, farms must be owned by the same family for at least 100 consecutive years and consist of more than 20 acres or produce more than $1,000 of agricultural products per year. The award distinctions are Centennial, Sesquicentennial and Bicentennial – for 100, 150 and 200 years respectively.
Two Hoosier Homestead award ceremonies are held each year – one at the Statehouse in March and one at the State Fair in August. To learn more about the program or to apply for a Hoosier Homestead award, visit www.in.gov/isda/2337.htm.
High-resolution photos of the award recipients can be found by visiting www.flickr.com/photos/isda_gov/albums
or by clicking on the farm’s name above.
Note: Not all award recipients attended the ceremony at the fairgrounds
State Sen. Eric Bassler (R-Washington) represents Senate District 39,
which includes all of Daviess, Greene, Martin and Sullivan counties
and portions of Clay, Knox and Owen counties.
State Rep. Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) represents House District 45,
which includes all of Sullivan County and portions of
Vigo, Greene, Knox and Daviess counties.
State Rep. Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) represents House District 46,
which includes portions of Clay, Monroe, Owen and Vigo counties.
State Rep. Shane Lindauer (R- Jasper) represents House District 63,
which includes portions of Daviess, Dubois, Pike and Martin counties.