Vaughn farm honored with Hoosier Homestead Award

Monday, August 15, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS -- Three area farms were recognized on Friday with Hoosier Homestead Awards for 100 years or more of family farm ownership, District 44 State Rep. Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) announced.

The Vaughn Family Farm, located in Putnam County, receives the Sesquicentennial Award during a recent ceremony at the 2016 Indiana State Fair. Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Ted McKinney (left) and Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb (right) join members of the Vaughn family in celebrating.

Among the properties honored during a ceremony at the Indiana State Fair was the Vaughn Family Farm, located in Putnam County. It has been in operation since 1856 and received the Sesquicentennial Award.

Joining the Vaughn farm as honorees for 2016 were:

-- The Leatherman Family Farm, located in Parke County, received the Sesquicentennial Award. It has been in operation since 1849.

-- The George Goss Family Farm, located in Morgan County, received the Centennial Award. It has been in operation since 1870.

Rep. Baird, a former Putnam County ag Extension agent, took time to congratulate the area winners.

"Indiana's agriculture industry is a critical part of our economy," Baird said, "bringing in more than $30 billion, amounting to approximately 245,000 Hoosier jobs.

"Reaching the milestone of owning a farm for more than a century deserves recognition for their contributions to our community," the three-term state legislator added.

The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes Indiana farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more.

Two awards ceremonies are staged each year, spring and summer, to commemorate the achievements of farmers across the state.

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  • Congrats Becky and Mike!

    -- Posted by Lookout on Tue, Aug 16, 2016, at 9:16 AM
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