News Releases

Meisenhelder-Jones farm honored with Hoosier Homestead Award


Meisenhelder-Jones farm honored with Hoosier Homestead Award

STATEHOUSE (March 28, 2023) – Area legislators are recognizing the latest local recipient of the Hoosier Homestead Award, which recognizes farms owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more.

Represented by State Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) and State Rep. Mark Genda (R-Frankfort), the Meisenhelder-Jones farm in Tippecanoe County received a Sesquicentennial Award.

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 47 years, more than 5,800 farms have received the honor.

"It is wonderful to see our farmers in District 22 receive the credit they deserve," Alting said. "Farms like the Meisenhelder-Jones farm are the backbone of Indiana's agriculture industry, which contributes an estimated $35.1 billion to the state's economy. Congratulations to the Mesienhelder-Jones farm for their hard work, and I wish them all the best going forward."

"Owning a farm for over 150 years is an impressive achievement that should be recognized and celebrated," Genda said. "These Hoosiers not only provide food to our state and country, but also support jobs and continue to drive our economy."

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 Photos of the event can be found here.


State Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) represents Senate District 22,
which includes Carroll County and portions of Tippecanoe County .
Click here to download a high-resolution photo.

State Rep. Mark Genda (R-Frankfort) represents House District 41,
which includes portions of Boone, Clinton, Montgomery and Tippecanoe counties.
Click here to download a high-resolution photo.