Local Farms Honored At Indiana State Fair

Indianapolis (Local Sources) — Four local farms were recognized on Friday with Hoosier Homestead awards for 100 years or more of family farm ownership, according to State Rep. Mike Braun (R-Jasper).

Two Dubois County families were among those honored a ceremony at the Indiana State Fair:

The Mehne-Harris Farm, located in Dubois County, has been in operation since 1891 and received the centennial award; and
the Johann Frederick Steinkamp Sr. Farm, located in Dubois County, has been in operation since 1841 and received the sesquicentennial award;

“Indiana’s agriculture industry is a critical part of our economy, generating more than $30 billion and employing 245,000 Hoosiers,” Braun said. “It is important to recognize these local farms for their contribution to our community and state.”

The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more.

Two awards ceremonies are held each year, in spring and summer, to commemorate the achievements of farmers across the state. For more information on the Hoosier Homestead Award Program, visit www.in.gov/isda/2337.htm.

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