Local Family Farms Receive Big Honor


Two Clay City family farms received a very huge honor at the Indiana State Fair, in recognition of being in business for over a century.

On Friday, August 10th, Indiana State Senator Eric Bassler of Washington and State Representative Bob Heaton of Terre Haute, presented two prestigious awards to the families of the Groover Farm and Schlegel Farm, both of Clay County.

The Groover Farm, first started in 1867 and has been in business ever since. They were presented the Hoosier Homestead Sesquicentennial Award.

The Schlegel Farm has been in operation since 1886, was presented a Hoosier Homestead Centennial Award.

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.

Both State leaders say recognize the honor of recognizing those in the agriculture industry, as being the backbone on the U.S. and the midwest. Plus family run farms, are essential to

“Indiana’s agriculture industry has a huge impact on every Hoosier’s day-to-day life,” Bassler said. “It’s important to recognize these families who have carried on agricultural traditions for over 100 years. Congratulations!”

“Indiana is ranked as one of the highest-producing agriculture states in the nation,” Heaton said. “The vast majority of Hoosier farms are family-owned and offer a wide variety of products, which is helping to grow our economy. Congratulations and thank you to our local families who support our communities.”

Each year, two 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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