Hendricks County farm honored with Hoosier Homestead Award

STATEHOUSE (March 10, 2021) – Area legislators recently announced the latest recipient of the Hoosier Homestead Award, which recognizes farms owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more.

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

Represented by State Sen. John B. Crane (R-Avon) and State Rep. Jeff Thompson (R-Lizton), the Aaron C. Hill farm in Hendricks County received a Centennial Award.

“Family-owned farms are an essential part of Indiana’s agriculture industry,” Crane said. “Congratulations to the Aaron C. Hill farm for this momentous achievement. All of us in Senate District 24 commend you for your dedication to your craft.”

“Farming is a way of life for many Hoosiers,” Thompson said. “The family farm is an American tradition passed down through each generation. The hard work and dedication required is tremendous, and over the last century, the Aaron C. Hill farm has beaten the odds and persevered.”

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.

To learn more about the program or to apply for a Hoosier Homestead Award, visit www.in.gov/isda/2337.htm. Photos of the event can be found here.

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