State Honors Hoosier Farm Families

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Centennial, Sesquicentennial and Bicentennial anniversaries of Indiana farm families are honored by the state each year. Centennial, Sesquicentennial and Bicentennial anniversaries of Indiana farm families are honored by the state each year.
INDIANAPOLIS -

Forty-six Indiana families have received Hoosier Homestead Awards. The honor is announced twice a year and involves farms owned by the same family for more than 100 consecutive years. One southern Indiana family was recognized for its bicentennial anniversary.

The farms must also be larger than 20 acres or produce more than $1000 of agricultural products each year.

Honorees are spotlighted for 100, 150 and 200-year commitments. The oldest farm recognized this year is the Farlow-Trimble-Haworth farm in Orange County.

Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb, who serves as Indiana Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development says "there are close to 60,000 farming operations in Indiana, of which 98 percent are still family owned and operated. These families are a fundamental piece of the Indiana story, and I congratulate them on earning the Hoosier Homestead award and their unwavering commitment to both the past and future of Indiana agriculture."

In all, the stead is home to more than 5,000 Hoosier Homesteads. Another ceremony will be held in August at the Indiana State Fair.

ISDA Director Ted McKinney says "our state's legacy has been shaped by Indiana's farming families, who have passed down their traditions from generation to generation and contributed so much over the past 200 years - both economically and socially. It was an honor to recognize nearly 50 of these great families at the Statehouse, and I commend all of them on their tremendous dedication to the industry and, especially, to Hoosiers."

This year's honorees (by county, family, founding year) are:

  • Bartholomew, Schulz,1865
  • Benton, Sondgeroth, 1895
  • Blackford, Maddox, 1902
  • Carroll, Yerkes, 1914
  • Carroll, Carl R. Jones, 1902
  • Clark, Prall, 1895
  • Clay, Mace Family, 1916
  • Decatur, Fletcher, 1914
  • Decatur, Fischmer, 1887
  • Fayette, Francis M. & Hugh H. Scott, 1861
  • Gibson, Steiner, 1904
  • Grant, Kenneth & Bonnie Harrold, 1864
  • Greene, Wolf, 1884
  • Harrison, Roy & Denise Harmon, 1900
  • Harrison, Harold & Penny Fessel, 1880
  • Howard, Kring, 1915
  • Howard, Countryman, 1908
  • Jay, Floyd E. Cline, 1907
  • Jay, Cline Farms, 1901
  • Jay, The Hudson Family Farm, 1863
  • Jay, Bailey, 1838
  • Jay, Robert C. Lyons, 1850
  • Johnson, Long, 1909
  • LaGrange, Talmage, 1837
  • LaGrange, Talmage, 1836
  • Madison, Justice, 1834
  • Martin, Klingle-Doty, 1888
  • Montgomery, Harold & Debra Bowman, 1899
  • Morgan, Swinehart, 1894
  • Noble, Robinson-Miller Family, 1865
  • Orange, Farlow-Trimble-Haworth, 1811
  • Orange, Farlow-Trimble-Haworth, 1811
  • Parke, Floyd/Wrightsman, 1865
  • Pike, Risley, 1865
  • Pulaski, John S. Capper, 1915
  • Pulaski, Tiede, 1877
  • Putnam, Gene Clodfelter, 1916
  • Ripley, Narwold, 1866
  • Scott, Philip A. Murphy, 1865
  • Spencer, Kathryn Meyer, 1908
  • Switzerland, Pavy, Lewis, & Keith, 1881
  • Wabash, Dan Schuler, 1911
  • Wabash, Phillip Smith, 1849
  • Washington, Jack C. Morgan, 1835
  • Wells, Brannum/Sinclair, 1886
  • Wells, Maddox, 1845
  • White, Ronald D. Coonrod, 1857
  • White, Gurson Cosgray, 1916
  • Whitley, Beard, 1912

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