The Indiana State Department of Agriculture is awarding 106 Indiana family farms with the Hoosier Homestead Award in honor of their longstanding commitment to agriculture. 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 more than $1,000 in agricultural products per year.
“Recognizing and engaging Indiana’s historic farming families with Hoosier Homestead awards at the Indiana State Fair is an honor for me each year,” said Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch. “The hard work, consistency and longstanding values within these families is inspirational. These families and their farms are securing a strong future for many generations to come.”
Farms are eligible to receive the Centennial Award for 100 years, Sesquicentennial Award for 150 years or Bicentennial Award for 200 years of ownership.
“Since the formation of these farms, these families have provided for their communities, our state and the Indiana agriculture industry. It is hard to put into words the value and impact these family farms have on Hoosier agriculture as a whole,” said Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler. “It is my utmost pleasure to recognize these record number of longstanding families for their hard work in providing the food, fuel and fiber necessary to sustain our state.”
Four Indiana farms also received the Bicentennial Award for 200 years of continuous ownership. They include: the Speer family farm from Jennings County, the Hartman family farm from Parke County, the Layton Acres Inc. family farm from Rush County, and the Logan family farm from Rush County.
You can connect to a full list of August 2022 Hoosier Homestead Award recipients by clicking here.