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Local family farms receive Hoosier Homestead Awards

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Area legislators announced Monday 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.

Represented by State Sen. Chip Perfect (R-Lawrenceburg) State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) and State Reps. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) and Randy Frye (R-Greensburg), seven locally owned family farms were honored at the Indiana State Fair. These family farms include:

• The Forster-Mahan farm, located in Westport, received a Centennial Award;

• The Hamilton farm, located in Westport, received a Centennial Award;

• The Cuskaden farm, located in St. Paul, received a Centennial Award;

• The Cuskaden and Bausback farm, located in St. Paul, received a Centennial Award;

• The Mang farm, located in Greensburg, received a Centennial Award;

• The Porter farm, located in Greensburg, received a Centennial Award; and

• The Tielking/Sellers Homestead, located in Versailles, received a Sesquicentennial Award.

“Farming is an important component in our state’s economy,” Perfect said. “The long-standing dedication these families have to the farming industry is inspirational, and I am proud of their accomplishments. Congratulations!”

 “Generations of farming families have dedicated their lives to putting food on the tables of Hoosiers in our community and across the state,” Ziemke said. “In fact, 97 percent of Indiana’s farms are family owned and operated. Thank you for your hard work and dedication in advancing the state’s agricultural heritage and bolstering our reputation as an economic leader in the Midwest.”

“To keep a farm in operation for more than 100 years is not an easy task,” Frye said. “With nearly 108,000 jobs supported by Indiana farming, the agriculture industry touches virtually every sector of our state’s economy. I am grateful for our local farms and how much they have contributed to our communities and state.”

Two awards ceremonies are held each year, in spring and summer, to commemorate the achievements of farmers across the state.

Culled from Greensburg DailyNews.

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