Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler presented 73 family farms with a Hoosier Homestead Award on Aug. 18 at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis.
The award recognizes a family’s longstanding commitment to Indiana 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.
“Agriculture has always been and continues to be a vital and thriving industry in our state,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, who was part of the awards presentation ceremony. “I always look forward to honoring these Hoosier Homestead Award recipients on their family’s commitment to their farm, community and heritage.”
Families are eligible for three different distinctions of the Hoosier Homestead Award, based on the age of the farm. They can receive the Centennial Award for 100 years, Sesquicentennial Award for 150 years or Bicentennial Award for 200 years of ownership.
Since the program’s inception in 1976, nearly 6,000 families have received the award. Often, a Hoosier Homestead farm is easily recognized because most recipients proudly display their awarded sign on their property.
“Each of these Hoosier Homestead farms have such a unique and important story behind them,” said Kettler. “Managing and operating a farm is no simple task, and I commend each of the families that receive this award for their dedication and devotion to agriculture.”
Shelby County had two family farms honored at the ceremony.
The Harrod Farm (top photo) received the Centennial Award for 100 years of operations. The farm has existed since 1899.
The Clark-Rehme Farm (photo below) received the Sesquicentennial Award for maintaining operations since 1866.