STATEHOUSE (March 28, 2019) – The Kirkpatrick Farm was recently recognized at the Statehouse for being in operation for 178 years, according to State Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) and State Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica).

The Kirkpatrick Farm, located in Lafayette and in operation since 1841, received a Hoosier Homestead Sesquicentennial Award.

“I greatly admire the Kirkpatrick family for owning and operating their farm for more than 150 years,” Alting said. “Their dedication and heart do not go unnoticed. I thank them for their contribution to Hoosier agriculture, congratulate them on this achievement and wish them continued success.”

“Farmers contribute greatly to Indiana’s economy and heritage,” Negele said. “Agriculture has always been an integral part of who we are as a state, and we are fortunate to have so many dedicated farmers in our community. Congratulations to the Kirkpatrick Farm, and thank you for all your hard work.”

The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more. Families can qualify for the centennial, sesquicentennial or bicentennial award.

Each year, awards ceremonies are held in the spring and summer commemorating the achievements of farm families across the state.