STATEHOUSE (Aug. 7, 2020) – Area legislators recently announced the latest recipients of the Hoosier Homestead Award, which recognizes farms owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more.
The Hoosier Homestead Award Program honors families who have made significant contributions to Indiana agriculture. Instituted in 1976, the program recognizes the impact these family farms have made on the economic, cultural and social advancements of Indiana. In the past 40 years, more than 5,800 farms have received the honor.
Represented by State Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn) and State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn), the Hoffelder farm in DeKalb County received a Centennial Award.
“I am very grateful for all of the farms around Indiana, especially the Hoffelder farm,” Kruse said. “These families have put generations of work into their farms, and I applaud all of their hard work and dedication to their craft.”
"The Hoffelder farm has been around for more than a century," Smaltz said. "They have built a business that has persevered through two world wars, the Great Depression and Great Recession, and a myriad of many other obstacles along the way. Their dedication to their farm and this industry is truly impressive."
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.
State Sen. Dennis Kruse represents Senate District 14,
which includes portions of Allen and DeKalb counties.
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State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) represents House District 52, which
includes all of DeKalb County, and portions of Steuben and Allen counties.
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