Area legislators recently announced the latest recipients of the Hoosier Homestead Award, which recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more.

The Hoosier Homestead Award Program honors families that 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. In the past 40 years, more than 5,500 farms have received the honor.

Represented by State Sen. Eric Bassler (R-Washington) and State Reps. Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville), Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) and Shane Lindauer (R-Jasper), two locally owned farms were among those honored at the Indiana State Fair: The Cottee farm in Daviess County received Centennial and Sesquicentennial Awards; and the Singleton-Ward-Barber farm in Daviess County received a Sesquicentennial 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. The award distinctions are Centennial, Sesquicentennial and Bicentennial — for 100, 150 and 200 years respectively.

Two Hoosier Homestead award ceremonies are held each year — one at the statehouse in March and one at the 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.

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