Area legislators recently announced 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.
Represented by State Sen. Mark Messmer of Jasper and State Representatives Mike Braun of Jasper and Tom Washburne of Evansville, the Goeppner and Vonderheide family farms of Dubois County received a Centennial Award while Robling Farms, located in Pike County, received a Sesquicentennial Award.
The three locally owned family farms were honored at the Indiana State Fair.
Messmer says family owned farms are the backbone of the state’s agricultural industry while congratulating the two families on continuing the Hoosier tradition of farming. Messmer wished them luck as they continue to provide food for people across the state.
Meanwhile Braun noted that agriculture is a fundamental part of Indiana’s heritage, economy and our future success.
He says generations of farm families have spent their lives dedicated to putting food on the tables of Hoosiers in the community and across the state while thanking them for their commitment to continuing the state’s agricultural tradition and helping drive Indiana’s economy into the national spotlight.
Two awards ceremonies are held each year, in spring and summer, to commemorate the achievements of farmers across the state.
For more information on the Hoosier Homestead Award Program, visit www.in.gov/isda.