Two local families receive Hoosier Homestead honor

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – At the Indiana Statehouse on Friday, Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler presented 55 families with a Hoosier Homestead Award, recognizing their commitment to Indiana agriculture.

Two Bartholomew County farm families received a centennial award for at least 100 consecutive years of ownership in the same family. One honor went to the Franke/Thompson family who has been farming in the county since 1898, and the second recipient was the Robert and Barbara Pruitt family, who has been at it since 1919.

“Agriculture is very much a family affair, with roughly 97 percent of farms family-owned and operated nationwide,” Crouch said. “Recognizing their legacy today was a tremendous honor.”

Since the program’s inception in 1976, more than 5,500 families have received the award.

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