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Local Farm Honored at the Indiana Statehouse

Area legislators today announced the latest recipients of the Hoosier Homestead Award, which recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more. Represented by State Sen. Scott Baldwin (R-Noblesville) and State Rep. Chuck Goodrich (R-Noblesville), the McClintick farm in Hamilton County received Centennial and Sesquicentennial Awards.

The Hoosier Homestead Award Program honors families who have made significant contributions to Indiana agriculture. The program, instituted in 1976, recognizes the impact these family farms have made to the economic, cultural and social advancements of Indiana. Within the past 45 years, more than 5,800 farms have received the honor.

 “Considering the urban growth in the area, owning and operating a farm for 150 years is an incredible feat,” Baldwin said. “I would like to congratulate the McClintick farm on its time-tested work ethic and I look forward to their continued success in the future.”

“It’s always exciting to celebrate Hoosier farms as they reach such an important milestone,” Goodrich said. “Agriculture is a key component of Indiana’s economy, and families like the McClintick’s contribute greatly to the overall success of our state.” 

To be named a Hoosier Homestead, farms must be owned by the same family for at least 100 consecutive years and consist of more than 20 acres or produce more than $1,000 of agricultural products per year. The award distinctions are Centennial, Sesquicentennial and Bicentennial – for 100, 150 and 200 years respectively.

Two Hoosier Homestead award ceremonies are held each year – one at the Statehouse in April and one at the State Fair in August. To learn more about the program or to apply for a Hoosier Homestead award, visit www.in.gov/isda/2337.htm.