Wolkins: Local farm honored at the Statehouse

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Friday, April 7, 2017

STATEHOUSE (April 7, 2017) — State Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) and State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) today honored a locally owned family farm for being in operation for more than 100 years.

The Orville and Phyllis Brodt farm, located in Wabash County, was recognized at the Statehouse with a Hoosier Homestead award for 100 years of family farm ownership.

In operation since 1879, the Orville and Phyllis Brodt farm received the centennial award.

“By contributing more than $31 billion in goods and services, Indiana’s agriculture industry is an important economic driver,” Wolkins said. “Owning a farm for more than a century is a significant milestone, and the Orville and Phyllis Brodt farm is truly worthy of this recognition.”

“Century-old family operations aren’t quite as common in today’s world, which is why these Homestead awards are so special,” Zay said. “Honoring these family farms, like the Orville and Phyllis Brodt farm, is a way for Indiana to thank these Hoosiers for their devotion to the agriculture industry. Congratulations, and keep up the good work!”  

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

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

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State Rep. Dave Wolkins represents House District 18, which includes all

of Wabash County and portions of Grant, Kosciusko, Miami counties.

State Sen. Andy Zay represents Senate District 17, which includes all
of Wabash County and portions of Grant, Huntington and Whitley counties.