Five Area Farms Awarded For 100+ Years In Business

Posted On August 07, 2014

By Mike Perleberg


The Chipman family, of Dillsboro, was among those honored with the Hoosier Homestead Award at the Indiana State Fair.

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – They’ve been going strong for 100 years, if not longer.

Five area family farms are recipients of the Hoosier Homestead Award recognizing farming families that have owned and operated the same farm for a century or more. Centennial awards were given for 100 years of ownership, while sesquicentennial and bicentennial awards were given for 150 and 200 years of ownership, respectively.

The locals were given the awards along with 50 other families this week at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis.

The Chipman Farm, located in Dillsboro, has been in operation since 1907. The family received the centennial award for over 100 years of ownership.

The Heath Farm, located in Vevay, received the sesquicentennial award and has been in operation since 1863.

The Wuestefeld, Roleson and Ickenroth farms are located in Dearborn and Franklin County and received centennial awards for being in operation 100 years or more.

Local state representatives Jud McMillin (R-Brookville) and Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) each extended congratulations to the families.

“The hard work and dedication these families put forth every day deserve our appreciation and recognition,” said McMillin. “Southeast Indiana is home to many highly-skilled farmers, and without their dedication and expertise to Hoosier agriculture, the industry would not be what it is today.”

“These families are the epitome of what it means to be a Hoosier: hardworking and willing to sacrifice for the wellbeing others,” said Frye. “I am pleased to see them receive the recognition they deserve and wish to extend my sincerest congratulations to both families on this special day.”

More than 5,000 farms have been awarded since the program started in 1976. Additional information on the Hoosier Homestead Award program, including how to nominate a family, can be found online at www.in.gov/isda/2337.