Hoosier Homestead and National Ag Day Celebrations at Statehouse

Hoosier Homestead and National Ag Day Celebrations at Statehouse

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, ISDA Director Bruce Kettler, Indiana’s Family of Farmers Jeanette Merritt, with Essay Winner Josie Butler, 5th Grader at Tipton Elementary

The past few days at the Indiana Statehouse has been a celebration of agriculture. On Friday, Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch and Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler celebrated farm families by presenting Hoosier Homestead Awards. Kettler says it’s one of his favorite days of the year.

“We celebrated 55 families that have had farms in their family for at least 100 years. With that award, we celebrate the 100, 150, and we actually even had two bicentennial awards celebrating 200 years.”

Those celebrating 200 years were the Sharp, Stephenson, and Mohr families in Crawford County and Fred Wilson, Jr. from Vigo County. The list of recipients can be found below.

On Monday, Indiana’s Family of Farmers, which is made up of many ag commodity groups and ag organizations in the state, celebrated National Ag Day in Indiana at the Statehouse. There was an essay contest held for 4th-6th graders that focused on this year’s Ag Day theme, “Agriculture: Food for Life”. Josie Butler from Tipton Elementary School was this year’s winner.

“My teacher told me that I could win 10 extra credit points by doing this essay, and I decided to do it, and now I’m here!”

She got more than just those extra credit points. She was awarded $200 for her essay. Butler does not live on a farm or have an ag background. Kettler says he’s happy that Butler’s teacher offered the extra credit and that Indiana’s Family of Farmers are looking to engage students not necessarily familiar with agriculture.

“They wanted to make sure that we could get students aware of agriculture and I think it’s a pretty safe to say, especially with her and with really with both essay winners that we recognized today, we’re making an impact and getting young people to think about what our industry is all about.”

Butler’s essay revolved around her noticing the words “locally grown” on items at the grocery store. She also has a deep interest in weather, so she researched the impacts the weather can have on farmers.

“Farmers depend on the weather because if it’s too hot their cops can die and if there’s too much rain their crops can get too much water and also die.”

She’s still young and didn’t want to sign a contract today, but she didn’t rule out replacing Ryan Martin at some point as Hoosier Ag Today’s Chief Meteorologist.

Farm County Award Name Homestead


Type of Award
Adams Jacob & Mary Henschen 1913 Centennial
Allen Marshall 1855 Sesquicentennial
Bartholomew Franke – Thompson 1898 Centennial
Bartholomew Robert & Barbara Pruitt 1919 Centennial
Carroll Childers 1919 Centennial
Carroll Carnell – Brown – Stone 1836 Sesquicentennial
Clark Martin 1907 Centennial
Clark McKinley/Roberts/Hoke 1877 Centennial
Clark Richard M. Myers, Sr. & Larry N. Myers 1848 Sesquicentennial
Clinton Skiles/Oliver 1908 Centennial
Clinton Rothenberger 1867 Centennial & Sesquicentennial
Crawford Sharp – Stephenson – Mohr 1819 Bicentennial
Decatur Fry 1916 Centennial
Decatur S & G Seeds, LLC. 1918 Centennial
DeKalb Widney – Carpenter 1836 Sesquicentennial
Dubois Jochum 1912 Centennial
Dubois Rauscher – Thieman 1838 Centennial & Sesquicentennial
Dubois Winkenhofer – Thieman 1841 Centennial & Sesquicentennial
Fayette Sykes 1845 Centennial & Sesquicentennial
Harrison Eisenmenger 1869  Sesquicentennial
Harrison Stoner – Watson – Yates 1859 Centennial & Sesquicentennial
Howard Alice L. Maish & Myron E. Maish 1860 Sesquicentennial
Howard Peters 1908 Centennial
Huntington Felton 1917 Centennial
Jasper Wortley 1911 Centennial
LaGrange Foster – Oliver 1881 Centennial
LaPorte Shurte Family Farm 1854 Centennial & Sesquicentennial
Madison Blake 1866 Sesquicentennial
Miami Graham – Scott 1893 Centennial
Miami Vincent 1865 Sesquicentennial
Montgomery Goff – Clark 1912 Centennial
Newton William Frederick Stath 1890 Centennial
Noble Piper/McLallin 1869 Sesquicentennial
Parke Thomas D. Thompson & Vera M. Lear 1886 Centennial
Pulaski Leonard Farms Incorporated 1868 Sesquicentennial
Putnam Alcorn 1918 Centennial
Ripley Merkel 1864 Centennial & Sesquicentennial
Ripley Jager 1866 Centennial & Sesquicentennial
Ripley Raab 1866 Sesquicentennial
Rush Hodson 1913 Centennial
Spencer Adolph Hurm 1869 Sesquicentennial
Spencer Lloyd, Linegar & Richards 1909 Centennial
Spencer Richard & Loyce Gries (Arnold) 1902 Centennial
Spencer Lueken 1868 Sesquicentennial
Spencer Lloyd 1848  Sesquicentennial
Tippecanoe Kirkpatrick 1841 Sesquicentennial
Tipton Newlon 1849 Centennial & Sesquicentennial
Vermillion Hughes 1834 Sesquicentennial
Vermillion Redman 1914 Centennial
Vigo Kessel 1901 Centennial
Vigo Fred L. Wilson, Jr. 1817 Sesquicentennial & Bicentennial
Wabash Dennis Keith Gilbert 1919 Centennial
Warrick Lamar 1916 Centennial
Wells Kreigh 1869    Sesquicentennial
Wells White’s Tangelwood Farm 1837  Sesquicentennial

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