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Farm Families Honored at State Fair for their Agricultural Heritage

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Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann and Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Ted McKinney today presented 55 families with a Hoosier Homestead Award in recognition of their commitment to Indiana agriculture. 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 $1000 of agricultural products per year.  The award distinctions recognized are Centennial, Sesquicentennial, and Bicentennial. This ceremony had two families receiving the Bicentennial Award. “This program was established in 1976 to recognize the heritage of farming in Indiana and how Hoosier family farms have been passed down from generation to generation,” Lt. Governor Ellspermann said.  “I salute our Hoosier farmers today for being part of both our state’s legacy – but more importantly, a vital part of our state’s future,”

“The families celebrated here today remind us of what makes Indiana agriculture great,” Director McKinney said. “Agriculture is not solely about producing food, fiber and fuel for a growing population. It is also about preserving a way of life that values hard-work, integrity and community. The Hoosier Homestead Award Program celebrates just that and ISDA is proud to oversee this awards program.”

The 55 families honored at Tuesday’s ceremony join more than 5000 Hoosier Homestead farms.  Administered by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, semiannual recognition ceremonies are held in March during National Agriculture Month at the Indiana Statehouse and in August at the Indiana State Fair.

 

ABOUT ISDA

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) was established as a separate state agency by the Legislature in 2005.  The Director is appointed by the Governor and is a member of the Governor’s Cabinet.  Administratively, ISDA reports to Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, who also serves as Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture.  Major responsibilities include advocacy for Indiana agriculture at the local, state and federal level, managing soil conservation programs, promoting economic development and agricultural innovation, serving as a regulatory ombudsman for agricultural businesses, and licensing grain firms throughout the state. 

Hoosier Homestead Recipients | August 2014

Farm County

Award Name

Homestead Date

Award

Allen

Esther Bleke Salomon

1862

Sesquicentennial

Allen

Fuelling/Kern

1910

Centennial

Bartholomew

Hendrickson-Klipsch-Capper-Kalkwarf

1851

Sesquicentennial

Bartholomew

Wichman

1896

Centennial

Bartholomew

Mark Zigler

1894

Centennial

Brown

Charles E. Roush

1849

Sesquicentennial

Carroll

White

1891

Centennial

Carroll

White

1834

Sesquicentennial

Carroll

Beard – Swartz – Hiatt

1864

Sesquicentennial

Cass

Barrett

1864

Sesquicentennial

Clark

Munk

1877

Centennial

Clark

Graves

1813

Bicentennial

Clay

Romas

1883

Centennial

Clinton

Warren K. Crawford

1888

Centennial

Crawford

Newton

1908

Centennial

Dearborn

Stephen and Rebecca Utter Chipman

1907

Centennial

Dearborn

Wuestefeld

1914

Centennial

Dearborn

Randy and Linda Ickenroth

1913

Centennial

Decatur

Roderick and Mary Lousie Bailey

1840

Sesquicentennial

Delaware

McWilliams

1908

Centennial

Dubois

Knies

1907

Centennial

Fountain

James R. Coffing

1844

Sesquicentennial

Franklin

Oehlmann

1908

Centennial

Franklin

Meyer

1896

Centennial

Franklin

Wissel

1914

Centennial

Gibson

Emerson/Bratton Farm LLC

1811

Bicentennial

Hamilton

Robert, Phyllis & Sid Davis

1914

Centennial

Henry

McDonnell

1896

Centennial

Jasper

Katherine DeWees

1914

Centennial

Jasper

DeHaan/Boezeman

1914

Centennial

Jay

Robert and Barbara R. Gordon

1868

Centennial

Jefferson

Jeff and Yonna Heath

1863

Sesquicentennial

Jefferson

George/Phillips

1879

Centennial

Johnson

Owens and McAlpin

1830

Sesquicentennial

Kosciusko

Kerry Goshert

1878

Centennial

Kosciusko

Vandermark, Summy, and Rose

1864

Sesquicentennial

Kosciusko

Norris

1902

Centennial

Lagrange

F.B.I. Farms, Inc./Burger

1881

Centennial

LaPorte

Maple Grove Farm, Founder: Swan Johnson

1871

Centennial

Lawrence

Hunter

1850

Sesquicentennial

Miami

John E. and Kathryn Gaerte

1848

Sesquicentennial

Morgan

Dow

1911

Centennial

Morgan

Egbert, Adams, Hamm, and Garard

1903

Centennial

Noble

Renkenberger

1877

Centennial

Owen/Monroe

Childers

1834

Sesquicentennial

Posey

Rueger-Naab-McNamara

1887

Centennial

Posey

Hasting

1864

Sesquicentennial

Randolph

Stanley L. Mote

1913

Centennial

Shelby

Deiwert

1834

Sesquicentennial

Spencer

Pund

1870

Centennial

Starke

Scholz

1901

Centennial

Tippecanoe

Young Family Corporation

1895

Centennial

Wabash

Watson Farms Holdings, LLC

1847

Sesquicentennial

Warren

Frazier-Taylor

1912

Centennial

White

Kelley

1903

Centennial