State Representative Steve Davisson (R-Salem) congratulates two local families for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The awards were presented by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann in the Farm Bureau Building at the Indiana State Fair.
The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farming families that have owned and operated the same farm for 100 years or more. Centennial awards were given for 100 years of ownership, while sesquicentennial and bicentennial awards were given for 150 and 200 years of ownership respectively.
The following list includes the local families that received Hoosier Homestead Awards:
The Roger L. Spurgeon Farm, located in Washington County, has been operated since 1864 and received the Sesquicentennial award.
The Charles Michael Boling Farm, located in Washington County, has been operated since 1906 and received the Centennial award.
“Family farms provide a significant contribution to Indiana’s agriculture industry,” said Rep. Davisson. “The Spurgeon and Boiling Day families are deserving of recognition for their hard work and significant role in shaping Indiana’s economy.”
In 1976, the program was first established to acknowledge the contributions made by these long-standing, farming families to Indiana’s economy, reputation and overall advancement. Since the program’s inception, roughly 5,000 farms have been recognized for their dedication to Hoosier agriculture.
“These families’ dedication to our state keeps Indiana growing,” said. Rep. Davisson “They are active community members who provide agriculture and economic gain that are vital to their hometowns and our nation as a whole.”
Each year, two award ceremonies are held; one at the Statehouse in March and the other at the State Fair in August. For more information on the Hoosier Homestead Award Program or to nominate a family for the award, visit www.in.gov/isda/2337.