Nearly 100 farm families receive century farming award

Nearly 100 farm families receive century farming award
By: Indiana State Department of Agriculture Last Updated: August 9, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 9, 2019) — Today at the Indiana State Fair, Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler presented 96 farming families with the Hoosier Homestead Award, setting a new record in the program's 40-year history.

To be named a Hoosier Homestead, the farm had to be kept in the family for at least 100 consecutive years, and consist of more than 20 acres or produce more than $1,000 in agricultural products per year.

Since the program was established in 1976, more than 5,600 families have received the award.

“The vast majority of farms in Indiana are family owned and operated,” Crouch said. “They are the foundation we rely on as a society, which is something we must never take for granted. It was an honor to recognize these families at the great Indiana State Fair.”

Families were eligible for three different award distinctions. Based on the age of the farm, they received the Centennial Award for 100 years, Sesquicentennial Award for 150 years or Bicentennial Award for 200 years of ownership.

Notably, the Bicentennial Award was presented to five families during Friday’s ceremony.

“Seeing so many generational farming families all in one place was truly humbling,” Kettler said. “They are the lifeblood of our state, and recognizing their legacy and perseverance today was a tremendous honor.”

The following list includes the 2019 summer Hoosier Homestead Award recipients.

  • County Award Name Homestead Date Award Type
  • Allen James & Deborah Roth 1919 Centennial
  • Bartholomew Burney 1918 Centennial
  • Bartholomew Guinn 1836 Sesquicentennial
  • Bartholomew Larry Speaker 1908 Centennial
  • Bartholomew Thayer 1854 Centennial & Sesquicentennial
  • Benton Roberts 1912 Centennial
  • Boone McDonald 1857 Sesquicentennial
  • Boone Peabody/Batts 1908 Centennial
  • Cass Mills 1919 Centennial
  • Cass Personett 1902 Centennial
  • Cass Richardson - Weideman 1844 Centennial & Sesquicentennial
  • Cass Wilson and Mills 1919 Centennial
  • Clay McCullough 1905 Centennial
  • Clay Mercer - Summers 1918 Centennial
  • Clay Peavey - Wolf 1858 Sesquicentennial
  • Davies Cottee 1863 Centennial & Sesquicentennial
  • Davies Singleton - Ward - Barber 1869 Sesquicentennial
  • Dearborn Hopping 1816 Centennial, Sesquicentennial & Bicentennial
  • Decatur Kirchhoff 1919 Centennial
  • Delaware Marion & Alma Russell 1919 Centennial
  • Dubois Schuler Temple 1901 Centennial
  • Dubois Wagner 1869 Sesquicentennial
  • Elkhart Lutes 1910 Centennial
  • Elkhart Umbaugh 1874 Centennial
  • Fayette Jack & Milah Frost 1819 Bicentennial
  • Floyd Buechler 1906 Centennial
  • Franklin Fledderman 1918 Centennial
  • Franklin Logan 1919 Centennial
  • Franklin Siefert 1869 Sesquicentennial
  • Gibson Block & Dawson 1919 Centennial
  • Gibson John Boeglin 1919 Centennial
  • Hamilton Mosbaugh 1842 Centennial & Sesquicentennial
  • Hancock Troy 1901 Centennial
  • Hancock William D. Addison & Family 1906 Centennial
  • Hendricks Garner 1858 Sesquicentennial
  • Hendricks Ross 1831 Centennial & Sesquicentennial
  • Hendricks Wyeth 1919 Centennial
  • Henry Frazier - Chambers - Rifner 1851 Sesquicentennial
  • Henry Richey 1919 Centennial
  • Howard Hite 1863 Sesquicentennial
  • Howard Hite 1903 Centennial
  • Howard Kurtz 1919 Centennial
  • Howard McDaniel - Petro 1886 Centennial
  • Huntington Simon 1919 Centennial
  • Jackson Bishop 1914 Centennial
  • Jackson Goecker (Pfenning) 1857 Sesquicentennial
  • Jackson Rieckers 1852 Sesquicentennial
  • Jasper Odom 1878 Centennial
  • Jasper Roberts 1919 Centennial
  • Jasper Streitmatter 1919 Centennial
  • Jasper Zimmer - Steinke 1910 Centennial
  • Jay Green Acres Family Farm 1918 Centennial
  • Jennings Elsner 1919 Centennial
  • LaGrange Weaver 1866 Sesquicentennial
  • Lake Bryant & Dowd 1854 Sesquicentennial
  • Madison Holtzleiter 1918 Centennial
  • Marshall Norris 1917 Centennial
  • Marshall Stanley Weiss 1888 Centennial
  • Miami Butt 1888 Centennial
  • Miami Butt 1915 Centennial
  • Miami Kunkle 1908 Centennial
  • Montgomery Myers - Fruits 1918 Centennial
  • Morgan Barbara J. & Neal W. Harder 1868 Sesquicentennial
  • Noble Wilkinson 1919 Centennial
  • Noble Riddle 1866 Centennial & Sesquicentennial
  • Noble Shultz 1919 Centennial
  • Owen Barton 1863 Sesquicentennial
  • Parke Clarence & Gladys Pyle Family 1919 Centennial
  • Parke Summers 1912 Centennial
  • Posey Happe - Winiger 1917 Centennial
  • Posey Vernon F. Blankenberger 1919 Centennial
  • Pulaski Kline 1851 Centennial & Sesquicentennial
  • Randolph Raymond K. Miller 1917 Centennial
  • Randolph Runner 1918 Centennial
  • Ripley Narwold 1866 Sesquicentennial
  • Ripley Naylor 1846 Sesquicentennial
  • Ripley Obendorf 1865 Sesquicentennial
  • Ripley Otte/Webster 1866 Sesquicentennial
  • Rush Mahan 1918 Centennial
  • Scott Smith 1817 Sesquicentennial & Bicentennial
  • Spencer Mehling 1919 Centennial
  • Spencer Patmore 1919 Centennial
  • Steuben Pfafman 1919 Centennial
  • Sullivan Peterson 1853 Centennial & Sesquicentennial
  • Sullivan Wallace 1844 Centennial & Sesquicentennial
  • Switzerland Hall 1908 Centennial
  • Tippecanoe Klutzke 1916 Centennial
  • Vigo Barbour Family LLC 1819 Centennial, Sesquicentennial & Bicentennial
  • Vigo Fitzpatrick 1858 Sesquicentennial
  • Wabash Floor 1918 Centennial
  • Wabash Schenkel 1882 Centennial
  • Warren Morgan 1908 Centennial
  • Warren St. John - Huber 1907 Centennial
  • Wayne Glass 1918 Centennial
  • Wayne Russell Allen Brower 1819 Centennial, Sesquicentennial & Bicentennial
  • Whitley Fay Conrad 1919 Centennial

Click here or visit isda.in.gov to learn more about the Hoosier Homestead Award.