Local Farming Families Receive Hoosier Homestead Award At Indiana State Fair

Posted On August 14, 2017

By Travis Thayer

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – The tradition of honoring longtime farming families continued this past week at the Indiana State Fair.

Indiana Department of Agriculture (ISDA) Director Ted McKinney and ISDA Deputy Director Melissa Rekeweg presented 72 families with a Hoosier Homestead Award on Friday, August 11.

The ceremony which was held at the Indiana State Fair recognized each of the 72 farming families for their commitment to Indiana agriculture.

To be named a Hoosier Homestead, farms must be owned by the same family for more than 100 consecutive years, and consist of more than 20 acres or produce more than $1,000 of agricultural products per year. The award distinctions recognized are Centennial (100 years), Sesquicentennial (150 years) and Bicentennial (200 years).

Locally, five farms in Eagle Country received recognition:

  • Franklin County: Stirn (1899) Centennial; and Hofer – Wendel (1917) Centennial
  • Ripley County: Richter (1913) Centennial; and Tieking/Sellers Homestead (1957) Sesquicentennial
  • Switzerland County: Althoff (1896) Centennial

“Our state’s legacy has been shaped by our farming families, who continue to pass down their traditions and values from one generation to the next,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, who also serves as Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. “I would like to congratulate each and every family on receiving this prestigious award.”

A full list of Hoosier Homestead Award recipients can be found at www.isda.in.gov.