updated: 8/8/2012 7:53:58 AM
Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman will present long-time Indiana farm families with Hoosier Homestead Awards today at the Indiana State Fair. The honors will go to producers who have kept their farm in their family for either 100 or 150 years.
August 6, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Lt. Governor Becky Skillman will present 75 families with the Hoosier Homestead Award on Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will take place in the Indiana Farm Bureau Building Auditorium at the Indiana State Fair.
To be named a Hoosier Homestead, farms must be owned by the same family for more than 100 consecutive years and consist of 20 acres or more or produce at least $1,000 worth of agricultural products per year. The award was created to recognize the contribution these family farms have made to the economic, cultural and social advancements of Indiana.
"During such a challenging time for our Indiana farmers, who are trying to mitigate severe drought conditions, what better way to honor their commitment and contributions," said Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman. "May we celebrate their perseverance, generation after generation, and be reminded of the impact they have on all of our daily lives."
Of the 75 Hoosier Homestead recipients, 46 will receive the Centennial Award for keeping their farm in their family for more than 100 years and 29 will receive the Sesquicentennial Award for more than 150 years.
Who: Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman
Indiana Agriculture Director Joe Kelsay
When: August 8, 2012
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Where: Indiana State Fair
Indiana Farm Bureau Building Auditorium
A complete list of the August 2012 recipients is available on the Indiana State Department of Agriculture website.
Source: State of Indiana