2016-04-27 / Community

Hoosier families honored for their agricultural heritage


Jones family The Hoosier Homestead Centennial Award was presented to the family of the late Carl Jones during an Indiana Statehouse ceremony. The farm has been in the Jones family since 1902. Pictured (l-r) are Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Ted McKinney, Don Craft, Flora (Jones’ son-in-law) and Joni Summe, Sheridan, Donelle Shoffner, Bringhurst, and Carla Mote, Flora (all Jones’ granddaughters), and Indiana Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb. Photo provided Jones family The Hoosier Homestead Centennial Award was presented to the family of the late Carl Jones during an Indiana Statehouse ceremony. The farm has been in the Jones family since 1902. Pictured (l-r) are Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Ted McKinney, Don Craft, Flora (Jones’ son-in-law) and Joni Summe, Sheridan, Donelle Shoffner, Bringhurst, and Carla Mote, Flora (all Jones’ granddaughters), and Indiana Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb. Photo provided Forty-six families, including two from Carroll County, were recently presented a Hoosier Homestead Award in recognition of their commitment to Indiana agriculture at a special ceremony held at the Indiana Statehouse.

“There are close to 60,000 farming operations in Indiana, of which 98 percent are still family owned and operated,” said Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb, who also serves as Indiana Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. “These families are a fundamental piece of the Indiana story, and I congratulate them on earning the Hoosier Homestead award and their unwavering commitment to both the past and future of Indiana agriculture.”


Yerkes family A family farm belonging to the Yerkes family was honored as a Hoosier Homestead Centennial property. The award was presented to Carol (Yerkes) Briggs and her family in a recent ceremony held at the Indiana Statehouse. The farm has been in the Yerkes family since 1914. Pictured (l-r) are Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Ted McKinney, Chris Cichocki, Tara Sieber, Ellis Cichocki, Jan (Briggs) Sieber, John Sieber, Carol Briggs, Steve Briggs, Linda (Briggs) Hlebasko and Indiana Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb. Photo provided Yerkes family A family farm belonging to the Yerkes family was honored as a Hoosier Homestead Centennial property. The award was presented to Carol (Yerkes) Briggs and her family in a recent ceremony held at the Indiana Statehouse. The farm has been in the Yerkes family since 1914. Pictured (l-r) are Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Ted McKinney, Chris Cichocki, Tara Sieber, Ellis Cichocki, Jan (Briggs) Sieber, John Sieber, Carol Briggs, Steve Briggs, Linda (Briggs) Hlebasko and Indiana Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb. Photo provided To be named a Hoosier Homestead, farms must be owned by the same family for more than 100 consecutive years, and consist of more than 20 acres or produce more than $1000 of agricultural products per year. The award distinctions recognized are Centennial

(100 years), Sesquicentennial (150 years) and Bicentennial (200 years). Notably, the Bicentennial Award was presented to one family.

“Our state’s legacy has been shaped by Indiana’s farming families, who have passed down their traditions from generation to generation and contributed so much over the past 200 years – both economically and socially,” State Dept. of Agriculture Director Ted McKinney said. “It was an honor to recognize nearly 50 of these great families at the Statehouse, and I commend all of them on their tremendous dedication to the industry and, especially, to Hoosiers.”

The families honored at the recent ceremony join more than 5,000 Hoosier Homestead farms. Administered by ISDA, semiannual recognition ceremonies are held in March at the Indiana Statehouse and in August at the Indiana State Fair.

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