Area farms honored with Hoosier Homestead Awards

From Local Sources

INDIANAPOLIS — Multiple farms with roots in Dubois and Spencer counties received the Hoosier Homestead Award, which was presented last week by Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler at the Indiana Statehouse.

Fifty-five families were presented the award for their commitment to Indiana agriculture.

“Agriculture is very much a family affair, with roughly 97 percent of farms family-owned and operated nationwide,” Crouch said. “For generations, these families have been foundational to the social and economic advancement of Indiana, and recognizing their legacy today was a tremendous honor.”

Three farms in Dubois County were honored:

• The Jochum farm, founded in 1912 was awarded a centennial honor.

• The Rauscher-Thieman farm, founded in 1838, received both centennial and sesquicentennial honors.

• The Winkenhofer-Thieman farm, founded in 1841, received both centennial and sesquicentennial honors.

In Spencer County, five farms were recognized:

• The Adolph Hurm farm, founded in 1869 was awarded a sesquicentennial honor.

• The Lloyd, Linegar and Richards farm, founded in 1909 was awarded a centennial honor.

• The Richard and Loyce Gries (Arnold) farm, founded in 1902, was awarded a centennial honor.

• The Lueken farm, founded in 1868, was awarded a sesquicentennial honor.

• The Lloyd farm, founded in 1848, was awarded a sesqucentennial honor.

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

Families are eligible for three different distinctions of the Hoosier Homestead Award, based on the age of the farm — Centennial Award for 100 years, Sesquicentennial Award for 150 years or Bicentennial Award for 200 years of ownership.

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




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