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Families Honored at Statehouse for their Agricultural Heritage
Start Date: 3/27/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 3/27/2014
Entry Description
INDIANAPOLIS – Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Ted 
McKinney presented 31 families with a Hoosier Homestead Award in recognition of their commitment to 
Indiana agriculture. 
 
“There’s no doubt in our minds that agriculture plays a vital role in Indiana’s economy, but we also need to 
be reminded of the men and women behind the industry,” Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann said. “The families 
honored today have persevered through trial and bounty to steward the earth and produce food for our 
state, nation and world.” 
 
To be named a Hoosier Homestead, farms must be owned by the same family for more than 100 
consecutive years and consist of more than 20 acres or produce more than $1000 of agricultural products 
per year. The Hoosier Homestead program is administered by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. 
 
“The families celebrated here today remind us of what makes Indiana agriculture great,” Director McKinney 
said. “Agriculture is not solely about producing food, fiber and fuel for a growing population. It is also about 
preserving a way of life that values hard-work, integrity and community. The Hoosier Homestead Award 
Program celebrates just that and ISDA is proud to oversee this awards program.” 
 
The 31 families honored at Thursday’s ceremony join more than 5000 Hoosier Homestead farms. Annual 
recognition ceremonies are held in March during National Agriculture Month at the Indiana Statehouse and 
in August at the Indiana State Fair. 

For a full list of the winners, click here.

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Name: Ben Kenney
Phone: 317-690-3303
Email: bkenney@isda.IN.gov
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