STATEHOUSE (Aug. 17, 2018) — Ripley County family farms were recognized Friday at the Indiana State Fair for being in operation for 100 years or more, according to local legislators.
The Brunsman-Moster Farm, located in Sunman and in operation since 1905, received a Hoosier Homestead Centennial Award.
“These families have a sense of determination that runs generations deep,” said State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg). “It’s more than a job to them. It’s a calling. Their dedication amidst the technological and scientific advances that have revolutionized the last 100 years of farming sets an incredible example to all Hoosiers.”
The Kegley Farm, located in Osgood and in operation since 1865, was presented a Hoosier Homestead Sesquicentennial Award.
“As a farmer, I know the work it takes to keep a farm running smoothly,” said State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg). “The number of years these families have dedicated to agriculture is truly inspirational. I am proud these farms are a part of our community, and I wish the families continued success.”
“I am proud of each of these families,” said State Sen. Chip Perfect (R-Lawrenceburg). “They have put in the hard work needed to keep their farms going for 100 years or more, which is a remarkable achievement that benefits Hoosiers and our economy. Congratulations, you are all truly deserving of these awards!”
The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more. Families can qualify for the centennial, sesquicentennial or bicentennial award.
“Nearly 14 million acres are cultivated yearly to fuel our agricultural demands,” said State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville). “Family run and operated farms help keep our rich agricultural tradition alive, and the hard work and perseverance that goes into running a farm is unparalleled. I want to congratulate our local farms for withstanding the test of time.”
Each year, two awards ceremonies are held in the spring and summer commemorating the achievements of farm families across the state. For more information on the Hoosier Homestead Award Program, visit www.in.gov/isda/2337.htm.
State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) represents Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland counties, as well as portions of Decatur, Jennings, Jefferson and Dearborn counties.
State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) represents Senate District 42, which includes Rush County and portions of Decatur, Fayette, Franklin, Henry, Ripley and Shelby counties.
State Sen. Chip Perfect (R-Lawrenceburg) represents Senate District 43, which includes all of Ohio and Jennings counties and portions of Bartholomew, Dearborn, Decatur, Jackson and Ripley counties.
State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) represents House District 55, which includes
all of Fayette County and portions of Decatur, Franklin, Ripley and Rush counties.
PHOTO CAPTION: Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture Bruce Kettler (far left), State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) (second from left) and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch (far right) present a Hoosier Homestead Award to the Brunsman-Moster family on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more.
NOT PICTURED: The Kegley Family