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Charbonneau: Local farms honored with Hoosier Homestead Award

STATEHOUSE (March 10, 2021) – State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) recently announced two locally owned farms received the Hoosier Homestead Award, which recognizes farms owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more.

The Arndt farm, located in Pulaski County, received a Sesquicentennial Award, and the Werner farm, located in LaPorte County, received a Centennial Award.

"Hoosiers lost many opportunities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but thanks to family farms like these, fresh food was always available," Charbonneau said. "Congratulations to these farmers and their impressive achievement in longevity."

The Hoosier Homestead Award Program honors families who have made significant contributions to Indiana agriculture. Instituted in 1976, the program recognizes the impact these family farms have made on the economic, cultural and social advancements of Indiana. In the past 45 years, more than 5,800 farms have received the honor.

To be named a Hoosier Homestead, farms must be owned by the same family for at least 100 consecutive years and consist of more than 20 acres or produce more than $1,000 of agricultural products per year. The award distinctions are Centennial, Sesquicentennial and Bicentennial – for 100, 150 and 200 years, respectively.

To learn more about the program or to apply for a Hoosier Homestead Award, visit


Click here for a high-resolution photo of Sen. Charbonneau.

Photos of recipients who attended the ceremony can be found here.