INDIANAPOLIS – State Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) congratulated four local families for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award.
The awards were presented by Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann in the Farm Bureau Building at the Indiana State Fair, according to a release from Wolkin’s office.
 The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes farming families that have owned and operated the same farm for 100 years or more. Centennial awards were given for 100 years of ownership, while sesquicentennial and bicentennial awards were given for 150 and 200 years of ownership respectively.
The following list includes the local families that received Hoosier Homestead Awards:
The Kerry Goshert Farm, Mentone, in Kosciusko County, has been operated since 1878 and received the Centennial award.
The Vandermark, Summy, and Rose Farm, Mentone in Kosciusko County, has been operated since 1864 and received the Sesquicentennial award.
 The Norris Farm, Mentone, in Kosciusko County, has been operated since 1902 and received the Centennial award.
 Watson Farms Holdings, LLC, Wabash, Wabash County, has been operated since 1847 and received the Sesquicentennial award.
 “These four families represent a strong legacy of Hoosier agriculture, and they deserve our recognition and sincere gratitude for their diligent work,” Wolkins said.
 “Each farm is a piece of Hoosier history, and I am pleased that these families have received the credit that is due to them through the Hoosier Homestead Award Program.”
 In 1976, the program was first established to acknowledge the contributions made by these long-standing, farming families to Indiana’s economy, reputation and overall advancement.
Since the program’s inception, roughly 5,000 farms have been recognized for their dedication to Hoosier agriculture.
 “Since the founding of our state, agriculture has played a significant role in our livelihood,” Wolkins said.
“None of that would be possible if it weren’t for the tireless work of families like these.”
 Each year, two award ceremonies are held; one at the Statehouse in February and the other held at the State Fair in August. For more information on the Hoosier Homestead Award Program or to nominate at family for the award, visit www.in.gov/isda/2337