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Local farms honored with Hoosier Homestead Award

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News

Published on August 19, 2020 with No Comments

Area legislators recently announced the latest recipients of the Hoosier Homestead Award, which recognizes farms owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more.

The Hoosier Homestead Award Program honors families who have made significant contributions to Indiana agriculture. Instituted in 1976, the program recognizes the impact these family farms have made on the economic, cultural and social advancements of Indiana. In the past 40 years, more than 5,800 farms have received the honor.

Represented by State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) and State Reps. Michael Aylesworth (R-Hebron) and Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville), among those honored are:

  • The Drazer farm in Porter County received a Centennial Award.
  • The Schultz farm in Porter County received a Centennial Award.

“In light of many challenges, including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, family farms continue to persevere and provide essential resources to our community and state,” Charbonneau said. “Congratulations to the families honored with these awards and thank you for your dedication to our community.”

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.

To learn more about the program or to apply for a Hoosier Homestead Award, visit www.in.gov/isda/2337.htm.

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