INDIANAPOLIS (WTWO/WAWV) – The William Rudisell farm in Vigo County received a pair of awards Friday from the state of Indiana.
The farm received a Centennial and a Sesquicentennial Award through the Hoosier Homestead Award Program, which recognizes family farms that have been owned and maintained for at least a century.
State Sen. Jon Ford and Rep. Bob Heaton, both of Terre Haute, received the award on behalf of the farm.
“This family’s hard work and determination over the last 150 years is a testament to their character, and I congratulate themon reaching this milestone,” Ford said in a statement.
Heaton added, “Family farms like the Rudisell’s continue to play an important role in our communities and state. They have provided food for our familes and jobs for generations fo Hoosiers.”
In the past 40 years, more than 5,800 farms have received this honor. In order to qualify, not only must farms be owned by the same family for at least 100 years, the property must be more than 20 acres or produce over $1,000 in agricultural products a year.