Hoosier Homestead awards

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Pictured are the Hoosier Homestead Award signs, each representing a different award distinction. The blue sign represents a centennial farm, owned for more than 100 years. The green sign represents a sesquicentennial farm, owned for over 150 years, and the brown sign represents a bicentennial farm, owned for more than 200 years.

WHITE COUNTY — Five families in White County were awarded this week with the 2020 Hoosier Homestead Award.

The award recognizes families with farms that have been owned by the same family for 100 consecutive years or more, and consist of more than 20 acres or produce more than $1,000 in agricultural products per year.

White County farms families earning this year’s distinction include Jacob and Phillip Booher (1873), Mark and Kerri Lear (1920), Marvin, Janet and Lisa Lear (1918), Rick and Julie Lear (1920) and Tunripseed/Ploss (1916).

“Heritage and endurance are two words that come to mind when reflecting on our great state,” Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch said. “This award captures the essence of Indiana and the many individuals that help ensure Indiana agriculture perseveres.”

Since the program was established in 1976, more than 5,800 families have received the award.

Since the program was established in 1976, more than 5,800 families have received the award.

Families were eligible for three different award distinctions. Based on the age of their farm, they received the Centennial Award for 100 years, Sesquicentennial Award for 150 years or Bicentennial Award for 200 years of ownership.

This year, two families are being recognized with the Bicentennial Award; the Paul E. Henry farm from Fayette county was established in 1819 and the Ferguson farm from Lawrence county was established in 1820.

“To keep a family farm working and in the same family for over 100 years is a tremendous feat,” Kettler said. “Agriculture has always been at the core of Indiana and of these individuals. Recognizing our longstanding Hoosier farming families is always an honor.”

Due to the current ongoing pandemic, Lt. Governor Crouch and ISDA Director Kettler were unable to host a traditional Hoosier Homestead Award Ceremony.

Individual family ceremonies were held at the Statehouse and more families are set to be recognized Aug. 7.

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