Farms Bestowed With Hoosier Homestead Award

Posted On March 28, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Some local family farms are being recognized for their decades and decades of business.

Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, Agriculture Director Ted McKinney, and state lawmakers gave out the Hoosier Homestead Awards at the statehouse Thursday. The award recognizes farms that have remained in operation for at least 100 years.

Among the local farms given the award were the Randy and Linda Ickenroth farm in Dearborn County. Their farm in Moores Hill has been going since 1913.

“I would like to congratulate the Randy and Linda Ickenroth Farm for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award and for dedicating over a century to Hoosier agriculture,” said State Rep. Jud McMillin (R-Brookville). “As one of the largest contributors to Indiana’s economy, agriculture is a vital to our state’s continued success, and it is important to recognize the families that are making significant contributions in this line of work.”

Also receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award were the Hicks and Dorrel farms in Ripley County. The Hicks farm was founded in 1901, 113 years ago, while the Dorrel farm began in 1834, more than 180 years back.

More than 5,000 Indiana farms have been recognized since the Hoosier Homestead program was established.

“There’s no doubt in our minds that agriculture plays a vital role in Indiana’s economy, but we also need to be reminded of the men and women behind the industry,” Ellspermann said.  “The families honored today have persevered through trial and bounty to steward the earth and produce food for our state, nation and world.”