Local Family Farms Receive Hoosier Homestead Awards

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 Gerald Vonderhide Family celebrating 100 years of operations with a Centennial Award

The three locally owned family farms were honored at the Indiana State Fair.

Robling Family Farm Celebrating 150 years of Heritage

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.

Goeppner Family Farm Celebrating 100 years of Heritage

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.

3 Comments on "Local Family Farms Receive Hoosier Homestead Awards"

  1. Gerald Vonderheide | August 15, 2017 at 1:46 PM | Reply

    You left out the Dan Vonderheide Farm from Dubois County, that was presented the Centenial Award at this same ceremony.

    • Mr. Gerald Vonderheide,

      I am very sorry for the overlap of information. We will correct this immediately. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.


      Joy A. Holt

      • Gerald Vonderheide | August 16, 2017 at 9:35 AM | Reply

        Now you have a picture of the Goeppner family labeled as the Vonderheide Family. I e-mailed Kyle the correct picture yesterday.

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