(Indianapolis, IN) - A farm in La Porte County is being recognized statewide for being in the same family and productive for at least a century. The Hagenow farm in La Porte County and the Selmer farm in Pulaski County both received Centennial awards.
The Hoosier Homestead Award Program honors families who have made significant contributions to Indiana agriculture. The program, instituted in 1976, recognizes the impact these family farms have made to the economic, cultural and social advancements of Indiana. Within the past 45 years, more than 5,800 farms have received the honor.
Both farms were honored at the Indiana Statehouse.
"Indiana’s agriculture industry is a critical part of our economy, and family farms play a huge role in its success," State Representative Jim Pressel said. "The commitment these two families have shown to our state for more than 100 years is admirable, and I congratulate them on receiving this award."
To be named a Hoosier Homestead, farms must be owned by the same family for at least 100 consecutive years and consist of more than 20 acres or produce more than $1,000 of agricultural products per year. Two Hoosier Homestead award ceremonies are held each year, one at the Statehouse in April and one at the Indiana State Fair in August.
To learn more about the program or to apply for a Hoosier Homestead award, visit www.in.gov/isda/2337.htm.