Whitley County Family Wins Hoosier Homestead Award

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

Whitley County Family Wins Hoosier Homestead Award

August 8, 2013 Updated Aug 7, 2013 at 4:57 PM EDT

WHITLEY COUNTY, Ind. (21Alive) -- State Rep. Kathy Heuer (R-Columbia City) congratulates the Ware family from Whitley County for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award.

The awards were presented by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and Agriculture Director Gina Sheets at the Indiana State Fair Wednesday.

The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes families with farms that have been owned by the same family for 100 years or more. Fifty-four Centennial awards were given for 100 years of ownership, 15 Sesquicentennial awards recognized 150 years and three Bicentennial awards for operating at least 200 years in the Hoosier state.

The Hiner-Geeting-Ware Farm, located in Columbia City, Ind., began in 1863. The family received the Sesquicentennial award for 150 years of ownership.

The program began in 1976 to acknowledge the contributions these families have made to Indiana agriculture. More than 5,000 farms have been recognized since the program was established.

“The Hiner-Geeting-Ware farm has been in operation since 1863, a true testament of time and dedication. I am very pleased to hear that it has received recognition for all of the hard work and diligence it takes to operate a farm for more than a century,” said Rep. Heuer. “This farm is a piece of Hoosier history and a representation of the perseverance it takes to be in the farming industry for such a long time. Agriculture is a part of what makes Indiana great, and I am glad that Hoosier farmers are recognized through this program.”

Two award ceremonies are held each year – one at the Statehouse in February and one at the State Fair in August.

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