Submitted photo: The Hopping Farm in Dearborn County received Centennial, Sesquicentennial and Bicentennial Hoosier Homestead Farm Awards. 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.
Dearborn County farm honored at state fair
The latest recipients of the Hoosier Homestead Award, which recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more, were honroed recently during the state fair in Indianapolis.
The Hoosier Homestead Award Program honors families that have made significant contributions to Indiana agriculture.
The Hopping farm in Dearborn County received Centennial, Sesquicentennial and Bicentennial Awards.
The program, instituted in 1976, recognizes the impact these family farms have made to the economic, cultural and social advancements of Indiana. In the past 40 years, more than 5,500 farms have received the honor.
“Hoosier farmers generate more than $31.2 billion to our state’s economy, making Indiana the 10th largest agricultural state in the nation,” said State Sen. Chip Perfect, R-Lawrenceburg. “The farms who are represented today make evident their work and accomplishments are multi-generational. I applaud our farms in Senate District 43 for reaching this historic milestone.”
“Families like these are the reason Indiana’s agriculture industry is one of the best in the nation,” said Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville. “These farms require resources like equipment and seeds that they often buy from their communities. They help to advance the farming industry with their success as well as Indiana’s economy.”
“Our state’s fertile soil makes for some of the best crops in the nation,” said Jim Lucas, R-Seymour. “Farmers have a unique set of skills to constantly produce a great harvest and raise healthy livestock, and these families have mastered their craft for generations.”
“As a small-business owner, I know the hard work and dedication it takes to make a successful operation,” said Cindy Ziemke, R-Batesville. “These families have poured their blood, sweat and tears into their land for generations to keep their business flourishing.”
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.
Two Hoosier Homestead award ceremonies are held each year – one at the Statehouse in March and one at the State Fair in August. To learn more about the program or to apply for a Hoosier Homestead award, visit www.in.gov/isda/2337.htm.