Area farms honored with Hoosier Homestead Awards

From Local Sources

INDIANAPOLIS — Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler honored 88 families and their farms — including some in Dubois and surrounding counties — with the Hoosier Homestead Award at the Indiana State Fair for their longstanding commitment to Indiana agriculture.

The local families honored were:

• The Hunter-Nolan farm in Daviess County received a Bicentennial Award and was founded in 1818.

• The Victor A. Beckman farm in Dubois County received Centennial and Sesquicentennial awards and was founded in 1849.

• The Joshua J. Himsel farm, which was founded in Dubois County in 1887, received a Centennial Award.

• The Weisman farm in Dubois County received a Sesquicentennial Award and was founded in 1866.

• The David and Jessica Watts farm in Orange County was founded in 1860 and received a Centennial and Sesquicentennial Award.

• The Seger farm in Spencer County received the Centennial Award and was founded in 1915.

To be named a Hoosier Homestead, farms must be owned by the same family for more than 100 consecutive years. The farms must also be 20 acres or more, or produce more than $1,000 in agricultural products per year.

Since the program’s inception in 1976, more than 5,500 families have received the award.

“Keeping any business in operation for more than 100 years is no small accomplishment, let alone in the same family,” Kettler said. “There is something special about generational farming in Indiana, and it was an honor to recognize these families — their legacy — at the great Indiana State Fair.”

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