3 Wabash Valley farms recognized at Statehouse

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Three Wabash Valley farms were recognized at the Statehouse for being in operation for 100 years or more, according to area legislators.

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. 

Kessel Farm, located in Brazil, Ind.,  received the Hoosier Homestead Centennial Award. It has been in operation since 1901. 

The Thomas D. Thompson and Vera M. Lear Farm, located in Brazil, Ind., received a Hoosier Homestead Centennial Award. The farm was established in 1886.

The Fred L. Wilson Jr. Farm, located in Terre Haute, Ind. has been in operation since 1816. It received the Hoosier Homestead Sesquicentennial Award and Bicentennial Award. 

“Owning a business for more than 100 years is challenging, making this a tremendous accomplishment,” said State Sen. Phil Boots (R-Crawfordsville). Our community has seen countless changes during this time, requiring these families to adapt accordingly. These farms deserve our respect, and I offer my congratulations on a job well done.

“Agriculture is a cornerstone of Indiana’s economy, and I’d like to thank these local families for their hard work and dedication,” said State Rep. Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville). “The Wilson family is an inspiration to us all for keeping their farm going for more than 200 years.”

“As these families know, farming is a challenging lifestyle that requires great perseverance and resilience,” said State Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute). “I have great admiration for Hoosier farmers who put in years of hard work to help feed our communities, boost our economy and provide over 100,000 jobs in Indiana.” 

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

For more information on the Hoosier Homestead Award Program, visit www.in.gov/isda/2337.htm.

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