Area legislators recently announced the latest recipients of the Hoosier Homestead Award, which recognizes farms owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more.
The Hoosier Homestead Award Program honors families who have made significant contributions to Indiana agriculture. Instituted in 1976, the program recognizes the impact these family farms have made on the economic, cultural and social advancements of Indiana. In the past 40 years, more than 5,800 farms have received the honor.
Represented by State Sen. Michael Crider (R-Greenfield) and State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield), the Dunlavy farm in Hancock County was recently honored with a Centennial Award.
"Farmers are often underappreciated, but Hoosier farmers contribute billions of dollars to our state's economy each year, and we are fortunate to be a state that has families who have dedicated generations to this industry," Crider said. "I commend the Dunlavy family for reaching this historic milestone and thank them for their years of service to our state."
"Indiana was built on the backs of hardworking farming families like the Dunlavy's," Cherry said. "They have certainly managed many challenges along the way to remain in operation for this long, and it's true a testament to their dedication to the agriculture industry. Congratulations and we wish you continued success for years to come."
To be named a Hoosier Homestead, farms must be owned by the same family for at least 100 consecutive years and consist of more than 20 acres or produce more than $1,000 of agricultural products per year. The award distinctions are Centennial, Sesquicentennial and Bicentennial – for 100, 150 and 200 years, respectively.