Saunders: Local farms honored at the Indiana State Fair

Posted by: Peter Hoffman  | Monday, August 15, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 15, 2016) — Two local farms were recognized on Friday with Hoosier Homestead awards for 100 years or more of family farm ownership, according to State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville).

The Ballenger Farm, located in Henry County, has been in operation since 1912 and the Meek Farm, located in Rush County, has been in operation since 1916. Both received Hoosier Homestead centennial awards.

“Family-owned farms play a crucial role in the local community and economy,” Saunders said. “It’s important to recognize the farms that have made such important contributions to Hoosier agriculture over so many years.”

The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more.

These local families were recognized during a ceremony at the Indiana State Fair.

Two awards ceremonies are held each year, in spring and summer, to commemorate the achievements of farmers across the state. For more information on the Hoosier Homestead Award Program, visit


State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) represents Henry County and portions of Rush and Wayne counties. 

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