Indiana farms receive Hoosier Homestead Award – Inside INdiana Business

March 22, 2024 | by

(photo courtesy of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture)

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Don Lamb presented 59 farming families with the Hoosier Homestead Award on Friday. The recognition honors farms that been owned by the same family for more than 100 years.

The ISDA said the award honors the families’ commitment to Indiana agriculture.

“These long-standing Hoosier farming families are the backbone of our state’s rich agricultural history,” Crouch said in a news release. “They have dedicated their lives to supporting our strong agricultural economy, and it was a pleasure to honor them today.”

To receive the award, a farm must be owned by the same family for more than 100 years and consist of more than 20 acres. If less than 20 acres, the farm must produce more than $1,000 of agriculture products annually.

The Hoosier Homestead Award honors farms in three categories: Centennial (100 years of ownership), Sesquicentennial (150 years) and Bicentennial (200 years).

“Honoring over 50 farming families was an unique look into Indiana’s rich past, especially when celebrating two bicentennial awards,” said Lamb. “Thinking of how much agriculture, and our whole world, has changed in the last 200 years was an incredible thought and we are so thankful to these farming families for remaining committed to agriculture production.” 

The Hoosier Homestead Award recipients are:

County Award Name Award Year Award Type
Adams Girod 1865 Sesquicentennial
Allen Kruse 1872 Centennial & Sesquicentennial
Bartholomew David & Brenda Simmons 1850 Centennial & Sesquicentennial
Blackford Twibell 1870 Sesquicentennial
Cass Ide 1874 Sesquicentennial
Clark Trainor 1920 Centennial
Daviess Ferguson 1852 Centennial & Sesquicentennial
Daviess Flinn 1893 Centennial
Daviess Kavanaugh 1894 Centennial
Dearborn Andrews-Probst 1916 Centennial
Dearborn Gaynor 1924 Centennial
Delaware Felton 1881 Centennial
Dubois Feldmeyer – Holtzman 1848 Sesquicentennial
Elkhart Zollinger 1899 Centennial
Floyd Leonard C. Lemmel 1918 Centennial
Franklin Elmer & May Brack 1919 Centennial
Franklin Werner 1923 Centennial
Fulton Shewman 1905 Centennial
Gibson Spindler 1924 Centennial
Grant Dearduff 1870 Sesquicentennial
Hancock Troy 1921 Centennial
Hancock Gundrum-Long 1906 Centennial
Harrison Dorton 1824 Bicentennial
Huntington Kennedy 1919 Centennial
Huntington Bone-Ulrich-McPherson 1912 Centennial
Jackson Cummings 1924 Centennial
Jackson Durham 1919 Centennial
Jackson Koop/Otte/Rieker 1867 Centennial & Sesquicentennial
Jackson Speaker/Otte/Rieker 1886 Centennial
Jackson Tatlock Farms 1888 Centennial
Knox Marchino 1865 Sesquicentennial
Lake Merritt G. Bailey 1882 Centennial
LaPorte Spence 1868 Centennial & Sesquicentennial
Madison Moore-Rydman 1890 Centennial
Madison Drake 1920 Centennial
Madison McClintick-McClintock 1898 Centennial
Miami Peter/Fisher/John H. Balsbaugh/Raymond E. Musselman 1837 Centennial & Sesquicentennial
Miami Peter/Fisher/John H. Balsbaugh/Raymond E. Musselman 1873 Centennial & Sesquicentennial
Montgomery Richard S. & Sandra K. Clouser 1848 Centennial
Montgomery Gentry 1918 Centennial
Morgan Rhea 1920 Centennial
Orange McDonald 1922 Centennial
Orange McDonald 1887 Centennial
Owen Stahl-Williams 1902 Centennial
Parke Coleman 1824 Bicentennial
Perry Hagerdon 1919 Centennial
Pike Whitehead 1869 Centennial & Sesquicentennial
Ripley Amy & Edward Rodriguez 1852 Sesquicentennial
Rush Halterman/Wallace/Mull 1883 Centennial
Spencer Hildenbrand 1923 Centennial
St. Joseph Berger 1907 Centennial
St. Joseph Besinger 1873 Sesquicentennial
St. Joseph Besinger 1873 Sesquicentennial
Tippecanoe Charles Dill 1896 Centennial
Tippecanoe Stan Thayer 1850 Centennial & Sesquicentennial
Tippecanoe Charles & Theresa Shelby 1835 Centennial & Sesquicentennial
Vanderburgh Herman Wortman 1866 Centennial & Sesquicentennial
Wells Ted B. & Valerie N. Markley 1874 Sesquicentennial
Whitley Keiser-Fenker 1923 Centennial

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