INDIANAPOLIS – State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) congratulates the Eddelman family from Decatur County, the Young family from Ripley County and the Kappes family from Switzerland County for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award.
The awards were presented by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and Agriculture Director Gina Sheets at the Indiana State Fair yesterday.
As was previously reported in The Daily News, the Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes families with farms that have been owned by the same family for 100 years or more. Fifty-four Centennial awards were given for 100 years of ownership, 15 Sesquicentennial awards recognized 150 years and three Bicentennial awards for operating at least 200 years in the Hoosier state.
The Eddelman farm, located in Westport, Ind., began in 1911. The Young Farm, located in Osgood, Ind., has been in operation since 1911.
The Kappes farms, both located in Bennington, Ind., began in 1843 and 1848.
The Eddlemans and Youngs received the Centennial award for over 100 years of ownership. The Kappes family 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 been recognized since the program was established.
“Farming and Indiana are inseparable. The profession and way of life hold a special place in our state’s history and culture,” said Rep. Frye. “Each of these families has preserved that unique heritage for over 100 years, and we celebrate their longevity with these award ceremonies each year.”
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