Ziemke: Local farms honored at the Statehouse

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Friday, April 7, 2017 3:00 pm

STATEHOUSE (April 7, 2017) — State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) and State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) today honored locally owned family farms for being in operation for more than 100 years.

The Cole farms, located in Rush County, and the Schneider farm, located in Ripley County, were recognized at the Statehouse with Hoosier Homestead awards for 100 years of family farm ownership.

The Cole farms have been in operation since 1882 and 1895, and the Schneider farm has been in operation since 1898. All three received centennial awards.

“As a farm owner myself, I understand the hard work and dedication it takes to keep a family farm going, and my family was proud to receive a sesquicentennial Hoosier Homestead Award last summer,” Leising said. “Congratulations to these families for over 100 years of contributing to one of our state’s most noble practices.”

“Indiana’s agriculture industry is a critical part of our economy, contributing more than $30 billion and supporting more than 100,000 jobs,” Ziemke said. “Owning a farm for more than a century is a significant investment in Hoosier agriculture and deserving of recognition.”

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 Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) represents Rush County, and portions of
Decatur, Fayette, Franklin, Henry, Ripley and Shelby counties.

A high-resolution photo of Leising can be downloaded by clicking here.

State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) represents all of Fayette County, and
portions of Decatur, Franklin, Ripley and Rush counties.

A high-resolution photo of Ziemke can be downloaded by clicking here.