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Over 150 years of farming recognized

By Erin Pabody on Monday, August 13th, 2012 | Bookmark and Share

State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) congratulates the Jones and Schuman families from Warren and Whitley counties for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The award was presented by Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman and Agriculture Director Joe Kelsay at the Indiana State Fair last week.


The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes families with farms that have been owned by the same family for 100 years or more. Forty-six Centennial awards were given for 100 years of ownership and 29 Sesquicentennial awards recognized 150 years.


The Jones farm, located in Huntington, Ind., has been in operation since 1860, and the Schuman Farm, located in Columbia City, Ind., started farming in 1854. Both families received the sesquicentennial award for over 150 years of ownership.


The program began in 1976 to acknowledge the contributions these families have made to Indiana agriculture. More than 5,000 farms have received the award since the program was established.


“It is wonderful to see Hoosiers recognized for their commitment  to agriculture and the role it plays in our state and communities,” said Rep. Leonard. “I hope that these families continue to have plentiful harvests for many more generations.”


Two award ceremonies are held each year – one at the Statehouse in February and one at the State Fair in August.

For more information on the Hoosier Homestead Award Program, visit



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