2018-09-26 / Community

Reiff Farm receives Hoosier Homestead Award

The Reiff family was among 65 families that received a Hoosier Homestead Award in recognition of their commitment to Indiana agriculture. 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 $1,000 of agricultural products per year. The Reiff farm in Adams Township was originally acquired by the Elmer Reiff family in 1918. According to the family’s history, when the family moved to the former Leslie farm, the snow was so deep that the horses bringing them to the new home were able to come through the fields and right over the fences. They came from Springtown Road in Idaville, approximately three miles away. The Bob Reiff family became the second generation to operate the farm. Bob’s son, John and his family were the third generation farmers. Currently generations four and five operate the farm. The fourth generation consists of brothers, Bill and David Reiff. Bill’s son, Jacob, and son-in-law, Neil Salomon, along with David’s sons, Brad and Tim, are generation number five. The family was honored at the state house with the Hoosier Homestead Award for 100 years of ownership. Family members pictured are (left to right): Front - Kaylee Lantz, Angie and David Reiff, Blaine Barnett, Reta Reiff, Kelli and Neil Salomon. Back - Brad Reiff, Meg and Jacob Reiff, Amy and Bill Reiff, Mari Barnes, Ashley and Justin Brown, John and Teri Roscka. Since the program’s inception in 1976, more than 5,000 families have received the Hoosier Homestead Award. Indiana farms may qualify for three honors: Centennial Award for 100 years of ownership, Sesquicentennial Award for 150 years of ownership and the Bicentennial Award for 200 years of ownership. Photo provided

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