INDIANAPOLIS — State representatives recognized numerous area farms today that have been in operation for more than 100 years.
State Rep. Lloyd Arnold, R-Leavenworth, and State Sen. Erin Houchin, R-Salem, honored three southern Indiana family farms.
The Egler farm and Leo C. Welp farm, located in Dubois County, and the Casey farm, located in Perry County, were recognized at the Statehouse with Hoosier Homestead awards for over 100 years of family farm ownership.
The Egler farm has been in operation since 1841 and received a centennial and sesquicentennial award.
The Leo C. Welp farm has been in operation since 1916 and received a centennial award.
The Casey farm has been in operation since 1867 and received a sesquicentennial award.
“Over 100,000 jobs are supported by Indiana agriculture and it starts with family farms like the ones honored today,” Arnold said. “Owning and operating a farm for several generations is no easy task, and I congratulate these families on over a century of farm ownership and thank them for their contributions to their communities.
“Indiana’s recent celebration of our bicentennial illustrated how much of our Hoosier heritage is rooted in agriculture,” Houchin said. “These families provide jobs, food on our tables and economic activity in our local communities. I thank them for their hard work and dedication and wish them continued success.”
Arnold and State Sen. Mark Messmer, R-Jasper, also honored the Schaaf/Hay farm, located in Spencer County, and Balsmeyer Family Farm, located in Dubois County.
The Schaaf/Hay farm has been in operation since 1892 and received a centennial award.
The Balsmeyer Family Farm has been in operation since 1853 and received centennial and sesquicentennial awards.
“Agriculture is not only a big part of our community, but of our state as well,” Messmer said. “Farming creates jobs and provides food for Hoosiers across the state. Congratulations to these families on their dedication to agriculture and all the hard work they have put in to be successful.”
The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more.
Two award ceremonies are held each year, in spring and summer, to commemorate the achievements of farmers across the state.
For more information on the Hoosier Homestead Award Program, visit www.in.gov/isda/2337.htm.