INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman will present long-time Indiana farm families with Hoosier Homestead Awards today at the Indiana State Fair.
The honors will go to producers who have kept their farm in their family for either 100 or 150 years.
Local recipients of the award include the Pyle family of Kosciusko County and the Hire family of Elkhart County.
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 at least $1,000 worth of agricultural products per year. The award was created to recognize the contribution these family farms have made to the economic, cultural and social advancements of Indiana.
“During such a challenging time for our Indiana farmers, who are trying to mitigate severe drought conditions, what better way to honor their commitment and contributions,” said Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman. “May we celebrate their perseverance, generation after generation, and be reminded of the impact they have on all of our daily lives.”
Of the 75 Hoosier Homestead recipients, 46 will receive the Centennial Award for keeping their farm in their family for more than 100 years and 29 will receive the Sesquicentennial Award for more than 150 years.
Read through the complete list of recipients.
Source: Indiana State Department of Agriculture